December 1, 2015 12:19 PM EST

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday the U.S. military will deploy a specialized expeditionary targeting force to Iraq to launch unilateral raids and “put even more pressure” on the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

In his opening statement, Carter says U.S. special operation forces would conduct operations in Iraq “at the invitation of the Iraqi government” and be in position “to conduct unilateral operations into Syria.”

DOD officials tell NBC News that the U.S. will consult with the Iraqi government but that does not preclude unilateral operations in Iraq as well. One official also points out that when talking about coordination with…

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