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Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that the Pentagon is prepared to relax the rules of engagement in the fight against the Islamic State, which lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been been calling too restrictive for months.

When asked if the rules of engagement were being loosened a bit, Carter said that the Defense Department is "prepared to do that."

"We review them all the time," Carter said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "If you look at the data, the thing that most enhances the impact of the air campaign is better and better intelligence. We're prepared to change the rules of engagement."

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