Defense Secretary Ashton Carter raised the prospect Wednesday that U.S. military advisers could accompany Iraqi forces on the ground to try to take back the Iraqi town of Ramadi from ISIS.
His pronouncement came during a Capitol Hill hearing in which he defended President Barack Obama's ISIS strategy, even as he acknowledged that the organization hadn't been contained -- something the President said had been achieved last month.
Still, Carter said that U.S.-backed forces were making progress against ISIS, also known as ISIL.
"I think that we are building momentum against ISIL," Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. His comment followed his agreement with an assessment from the committee chairman, Arizona Republican John McCain, that the terrorist group hadn't been contained.