April 1, 2015

The Slow Fight to Beat Back the Islamic State

The forces fighting the Islamic State will not push back the group as fast as it took territory. Oh sure, there’s the glowing news that Iraqi forces took Tikrit, that the flag of Iraq flies over the city’s downtown. But as The New York Times reports, there are still pockets of Islamic State resistance. And while the major victory is being celebrated, there’s news that the Islamic State is on the verge of taking Ramadi – the place Chris Kyle won his fame – with the group pounding the besieged city with car bombs. Noah Rothman writes at Hot Air, “For the new campaign in the Middle East targeting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, every new victory is qualified in some fashion. While the news from Tikrit is largely good for pro-Western forces, a setback of the Western position in Anbar Province suggests that victory over ISIS in Iraq is many months away.” More…

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