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U.S. General Open to Ground Forces in Fight Against ISIS in Iraq. Continue reading the main story Video WASHINGTON — Gen.

U.S. General Open to Ground Forces in Fight Against ISIS in Iraq

Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Tuesday that he would recommend deploying United States combat forces against Islamic extremists in specific operations if the current strategy of airstrikes was not successful, offering a more expansive view of the American role in the ground war than that of President Obama. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said that while he was confident in the ability of the coalition of American, European and Middle Eastern governments to stop the Islamic State, he could not completely close the door to eventually asking Mr. Obama to commit ground troops to fight the group, known as ISIS or ISIL. “My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward.

Continue reading the main story OPEN Graphic Any future commitment of American personnel on the ground could put Mr. Mr. “This is ultimately their fight,” Mr. ISIS Fast Facts. Facts:Started as an al Qaeda splinter group.

ISIS Fast Facts

ISIS aims to create an Islamic state called a caliphate across Iraq, Syria and beyond. The group is implementing Sharia Law, rooted in eighth century Islam, to establish a society that mirrors the region's ancient past. ISIS is known for killing dozens of people at a time and carrying out public executions, crucifixions and other acts. ISIS uses modern tools like social media to promote reactionary politics and religious fundamentalism. Fighters are destroying holy sites and valuable antiquities even as their leaders propagate a return to the early days of Islam. In 2014, ISIS controlled more than 34,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq, from the Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad. ISIS is believed to be holding 3,500 people as slaves, according to a 2016 United Nations report. ISIS's strategy for revenue includes oil production and smuggling, taxes, ransoms from kidnappings, selling stolen artifacts, extortion and controlling crops.

US Troops Could Fight ISIS in Iraq, General Tells Senate. <br/><a href=" ABC news videos</a> | <a href=" world news</a> Copy The nation's top military officer opened the door slightly today to the possibility of American troops accompanying Iraqi forces on the battlefield against ISIS if needed.

US Troops Could Fight ISIS in Iraq, General Tells Senate

The latest deployment of 475 American forces to Iraq includes 150 advisers who will be working closely with Iraqi brigades at the headquarters level to coordinate the Iraqi military's offensive operations against ISIS. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the advisers "will help the Iraqis conduct campaign planning, arrange for enabler and logistics support, and coordinate coalition contributions. " US Airstrike Targets ISIS Fighters Near Baghdad Pope Rejects Extra Security on Trip Despite Potential ISIS Threat Obama's ISIS Offensive Is Not 'War,' Kerry Insists Dempsey said that Gen.

ISIS Video Shows Execution of David Cawthorne Haines, British Aid Worker. Photo The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria released a video Saturday of the third beheading of a foreign hostage, a British aid worker.

ISIS Video Shows Execution of David Cawthorne Haines, British Aid Worker

The execution was a clear message to Britain, a vital ally of the United States as it builds an international coalition to target the militant group, which has made stunning advances across Syria and northern Iraq in recent months. The video shows the aid worker, David Cawthorne Haines, kneeling on a bare hill under the open sky, in a landscape that appears identical to where two American journalists were killed by the group in back-to-back-executions in the past month.

In the moments before his death, the 44-year-old Mr. Haines is forced to read a script, in which he blames his country’s leaders for his killing. “I would like to declare that I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution,” he said. Continue reading the main story OPEN Graphic. ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, posts video. "He gave his life" to expose the suffering of the Syrian people, Foley's mother saysCPJ estimates 20 journalists are missing in SyriaThe video also appears to show missing journalist Steven SotloffJames Foley was last seen in Syria on November 22, 2012 (CNN) -- A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq.

ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, posts video

In the video posted Tuesday on YouTube, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. Foley reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his "real killer'' is America. "I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again," he can be heard saying in the video. W.H. reacts to journalist's beheading He is then shown being beheaded. "We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by (ISIS)," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.