Ex-Defence Secretary criticised US government’s policy on IS

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Robert Gates, ex-Secretary of Defense under Obama and George W. Bush, criticised US’s policy against ISIS (Da’esh terrorist group) as “unrealistic” and “unattainable,” he told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

“The president has set an ambitious and, I think under current circumstances, an unrealistic goal when he talks about our intent being to destroy ISIS [Da’esh],” Gates said. “With the means he has approved so far, I think that’s an unattainable objective.”

A “re-invasion of Iraq with large ground forces is a false set of options,” he added, but “a few hundred troops” should be stationed in the region, Gates said.

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