US commends Dutch decision to expand air campaign against IS in Syria

(With POL-NETHERLANDS-SYRIA) WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (KUNA) — US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter commends the decision made by the government of the Netherlands on Friday to expand its air campaign against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria.
“We appreciate the announcement of additional funding to support moderate armed Syrian opposition groups with civilian means and medical assistance, consideration of additional support to the Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga, and additional funding for the restoration of damaged hospitals, schools and other infrastructure,” he said in a statement.
This action, he explained, “provided a strong example for the 26 nation military coalition which will gather in Brussels along with representatives from the Iraqi government in two weeks to discuss the progress of the campaign and what additional capabilities are needed from every member nation.” Earlier today, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that his government “decided to heed the call of our allies for expansion of the operational area of our F-16s to the east of Syria to further weaken IS’s supply lines and ability to advance.” (end)