Top US commanders and diplomats will meet in Kuwait on Monday to discuss the war effort against ISIL, officials have told AFP.
New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter has convened the extraordinary meeting, which is not intended to produce a new strategy but to allow him to better understand the challenge posed by the jihadists and the range of efforts aimed at defeating them, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, reportedly said.
Carter, an experienced Pentagon technocrat who took office last week, “wants it to be an open conversation regardless of rank,” a senior US defence official said.
More than two dozen senior military officers and ambassadors, including Washington’s ambassadors to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Jordan, are expected to attend the meeting at the US Army’s base at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait City.
Carter reportedly said the fight against ISIL had become a regional issue.
The group recently claimed responsibility for murdering 21 Egyptican Coptic Christians in Libya, it’s most prominent move outside Syria and Iraq, where is now controls numerous cities and towns, although some have been reclaimed.
Kuwait borders the south-east corner of Iraq, which does not have a significant ISIL presence.