wpid-121101045809-chuck-hagel-story-body.jpgThe fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “will not be an easy or brief effort,” US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel says.

The US military is refining and finalizing plans to expand the fight against the militants into Syria and will brief President Barack Obama on the plans Wednesday, Hagel told a Senate hearing.

The plan will include strikes against Islamic State safe havens, including command and control structures, logistics capabilities and infrastructure.

“We are at war with ISIL, as we are with al-Qaeda,” Hagel says, using an alternate acronym for the terrorist group. Hagel warns that “if left unchecked, ISIL will directly threaten our homeland and our allies.”



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