U.S. military involvement in Iraq will continue because the long-term threat from ISIS is more dangerous, even than that from al-Qaeda, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.
In a briefing at the Pentagon a day after the U.S. revealed that it launched a failed mission in Syria this summer to rescue U.S. hostages being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sharm, Hagel said the U.S. is "very clear-eyed about the challenges ahead," stressing: "The U.S. military's involvement is not over."
Asked to compare ISIS to al-Qaeda, Hagel said it was "beyond anything that we've seen," calling the group more than "just a terrorist group." "They marry an ideology with a sophistication of strategy and military prowess" that represent "a whole new dynamic and a new paradigm of threats to this country," he said.
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