U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said at a Troop Event at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, California, Censor.NET reports citing the U.S. Department of Defense.
Carter has named two major threats to U.S. national security. According to the head of the Pentagon, they are the behavior of the Russian government under Vladimir Putin and the phenomenon called ISIL.
He said: "We have had over the last year the ugly phenomenon called ISIL that originated in Iraq and Syria. And that was something that essentially emerged just last summer from the ashes of Al Qaida and radicalism in that part of the world. And it's going to be something that we're going to have to defeat and we will defeat, and of course the Marine Corps will be part of that, of inflicting that defeat.
"The other thing that's happened over the last year, which is unfortunate, but we also have to respond to, is the behavior of the Russian government under Vladimir - I'm going to be very honest, just straightforward, under Vladimir Putin, which was signified in Ukraine, which is I think taking Russia in the wrong direction for his own people. But it seems that that's the direction he wants to take them, towards one of more confrontation. And we're simply going to have to check that. Both on our own security interest and because we have important allies and friends in that part of the world, and we have important treaty commitments in the case of NATO.
"So were I here 18 months ago, and you'd asked me the same question, those two things wouldn't have been as much uppermost in my mind, along with all the things that we've been worried about for a long time in North Korea, Iran, China, in some aspects, terrorism worldwide, and other challenges that we have. Those two over the last year have loomed larger. We're going to have to counter them both," Carter said.
At the same time, Carter have not proposed any specific response plan.
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