The Pentagon has warned that the war against the Islamic State is not over, and it may take years for the coalition to retake the Islamic States from it.
The Defense Department issued a warning Thursday in the form of a new report, urging a rapid military response to the rise of the terror group in Iraq and Syria.
The report said U.N.-sponsored talks between Iraq and the U.K. are continuing, but a deal is unlikely in the near term.
Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki said in a televised speech that the U-K.
and the Iraqis are still at war.
“The war will be fought until there is no more ISIS,” al-Baghdadi said.
“This is the only way to liberate Iraq.”
In a joint statement, the two countries said they will take action against ISIS in the future, including a “surge in air strikes” and the “defeat of the terrorist group.”
But they cautioned that the Iraqi-U.K.-led effort to defeat the terrorist organization will not end until it is complete.
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq are likely to continue, Pentagon officials told lawmakers.
They said the strikes were being conducted in coordination with the U,K.-backed Iraqi Security Forces, who have captured large swaths of territory in recent months.