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Want to beat Islamic State? Try the Afghan model, circa 2001
Want to beat Islamic State? Try the Afghan model, circa 2001

President Obama, who swept to power in 2008 in part on his promise to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq, is clearly a reluctant warrior. His concern about getting involved in "mission creep" in the deserts of Iraq, where nearly 4,500 troops have died, recently led him to make this promise to U.S. soldiers: "I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq." Instead, Obama has asked Congress to authorize a plan to arm and train 5,000 "vetted, moderate" Syrian rebel troops in Saudi Arabia to take on the Islamic State militants, whose army the CIA estimates has swollen to as many as 31,000. But we have been down this road...

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