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Carter: Russia ‘Doomed to Fail’ in Syria; ISIL Must be Defeated

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Carter: Russia ‘Doomed to Fail’ in Syria; ISIL Must be Defeated
10/31/2015 04:50 PM CDT

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with reporters during a visit to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Oct. 30, 2015. During the trip, which includes the Asia-Pacific region, the secretary will meet with leaders from more than a dozen nations across East Asia and South Asia to help advance the next phase of the U.S. military’s rebalance in the region by modernizing longtime alliances and building new partnerships. Photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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Carter: Russia ‘Doomed to Fail’ in Syria; ISIL Must be Defeated

By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2015 October 31, 2015 —

While Russia is “doomed to fail” in Syria, the goal of the U.S. remains defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in both Syria and Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday in Alaska.

It appears Russia has not “thought through very thoroughly” its actions in Syria, Carter said. While Russia said it was going to fight ISIL, it is not doing that, he said.

Moscow is instead, Carter explained, supporting the Assad regime and “fueling the very civil war that leads to extremism, which ISIL represents, and which the Russians say they fear.”

Carter, who spoke during a media availability at Fort Wainwright on his way to the Asia-Pacific region, added that the Russians “have a strategy that is doomed to fail.”

Pressure on Terrorists in Raqqa, Syria

Raqqa, Syria, needs to be retaken and returned to its citizens so they can have a “decent way of life, which they’re not enjoying under the barbaric rule of ISIL now,” Carter told reporters.

The United States and its coalition partners are working to degrade the capacity of ISIL through targeting its supply routes, logistics and leadership.

Ultimately, the objective is to reclaim territory and defeat ISIL for good, the defense chief said.

“That has to happen, because it’s not safe or decent to allow ISIL to exist and rule over that part of the world, let alone threaten our own people and the rest of the world,” he said.

Russian Aggression in Europe

Russian activities are of concern to the United States and its partners, Carter said.

“There’s no question that Russia has gotten more assertive militarily in recent years, and you see that reflected in activities in the Arctic, including flights near Alaska, which is one of the reasons why Alaska air capabilities are so important,” he said.

The secretary said Russia was involved in “aggression in Ukraine, including the annexation of Crimea,” as well as “aggressive and intimidating behavior with respect Europe.”

The United States and its NATO allies, Carter explained, are increasing their presence in Europe and have taken steps in the last six months to respond to Russian activities.

There are a number of things being done in Europe, according to Carter, that “we didn’t have to do for 25 years since the Cold War ended, because we didn’t worry about conflict in Europe.”

But now, he said, “we have to worry about deterring aggression in Europe.”

(Follow Lisa Ferdinando on Twitter: @FerdinandoDoD)

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Carter Highlights Alaska’s Strategic Importance During Fort Wainwright Visit

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Carter Highlights Alaska’s Strategic Importance During Fort Wainwright Visit
10/31/2015 01:15 PM CDT

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with reporters during a visit to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Oct. 30, 2015. During the trip, which includes the Asia-Pacific theater, the secretary will meet with leaders from more than a dozen nations across East Asia and South Asia to help advance the next phase of the U.S. military’s rebalance in the region by modernizing longtime alliances and building new partnerships. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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Carter Highlights Alaska’s Strategic Importance During Fort Wainwright Visit

By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2015 October 31, 2015 —

At the start of an eight-day trip focusing on the rebalance to the Pacific, Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited troops in Alaska and highlighted the strategic importance of that state.

“The main thing I want to tell you is thank you. Thank you for what you do for our country. We don’t take it for granted, and I don’t take it for granted either,” he said Friday at Fort Wainwright.

“You are at the hinge of a lot of what’s important strategically, and what’s happening strategically,” he told military and civilian personnel.

Alaska is a key location for DoD because of its proximity to Asia and the Arctic, he said.

“That’s a two-way street, so it means that everything that could affect us comes over or by or near Alaska, and that puts you at the center of an awful lot,” he said.

Pacific Pathways

The Asia-Pacific region is of great consequence to the future of the United States, “more than any other single area in the whole world,” Carter said.

Carter, who also visits Korea and Malaysia during this tour, credited the U.S. military for helping maintain peace and security in the region.

“One of the reasons why it’s not in the headlines is because of you and what you stand for,” he said. “You stand for 70 years of the United States being the pivotal power in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”

The good climate has allowed prosperity to occur, he said. “We aim to keep that up. That’s what the rebalance is all about.”

Carter commended the soldiers for taking part in the Pacific Pathways exercises with partner countries. He described the endeavor as a “great innovation” to situate the Army at the center of the strategic transition.

The soldiers just returned from a Pacific Pathways deployment to Korea, Japan and Mongolia and are preparing for additional training with Asian armies this year.

The Air Force, Carter said, has an important role to play in the rebalance, noting the service has aircraft based in Alaska that are some of the quickest responders to contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Outlining Priorities

In a question and answer session with the troops, Carter outlined his priorities and concerns, including fighting sexual assault in the military and preventing suicides.

Other priorities included defeating Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and enabling capable and motivated local forces.

The secretary highlighted other areas of concern as Russian aggression, Iran and the Middle East, and responding to humanitarian crises. China is a large trading partner with the United States, Carter said, but efforts are needed to maintain relations.

“Peace isn’t kept automatically. We have to work at it all the time, and that’s true with respect to a country like China,” he said.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Alaska Declaration

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Alaska Declaration
10/30/2015 08:50 PM EDT

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s disaster declaration issued for the State of Alaska.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local and Tribal Governments Can Include as Required:

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