US defence chief says air war against Islamic State will intensify

US defence chief says air war against Islamic State will intensify
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel participates in the Washington Ideas Forum, in Washington October 29, 2014.

WASHINGTON - Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday the US-led air war against Islamic State militants will intensify in the future as Iraqi ground forces improve and become more effective.

Defending the US strategy during a House of Representatives hearing, Hagel said, "As Iraqi forces build strength, the tempo and intensity of our coalition's air campaign will accelerate in tandem."

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