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Signs of mission creep are multiplying in the fight against ISIS in Iraq

Signs of mission creep are multiplying in the fight against ISIS in Iraq

Almost five years ago, President Obama delivered a speech in which he acknowledged — and claimed credit for — the fact that the last U.S. combat troops would soon be leaving Iraq. “The tide of war is receding,” Obama said on Oct. 21, 2011.

What Obama didn't anticipate was that Islamic State, an offshoot of Al Qaeda in Iraq, would seize large amounts of territory in Iraq and Syria, inspiring and orchestrating terrorist attacks in the West. So in 2014 Obama promised to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State, but without getting “dragged into another ground war in Iraq.”

So far, the president...

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