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."

Purchase this article for republication.

SERVICES