31 Jul '15, 11am

Despite bombing, IS is no weaker than a year ago

Despite bombing, IS is no weaker than a year ago

In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke from a US-led airstrike rises over the outskirts of Tal Abyad, Syria, June 14, 2015. (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP) 70 CONNECT 45 TWEET 14 LINKEDIN 1 COMMENT EMAIL MORE WASHINGTON — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. U.S. military commanders on the ground aren't disputing the assessment, but they point to an upcoming effort to clear the important Sunni city of Ramadi, which fell to the militants in May, as a crucial milestone. The battle for Ramadi, expected over the next few months, "promises to test the mettle" of Iraq's securi...

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