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An Islamic State stalemate
An Islamic State stalemate

The United States and its allies are no longer losing the war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and in the Middle East, that counts as progress. In Syria, the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani, nearly given up for lost two weeks ago, has held off Islamic State's guerrillas thanks to dozens of foreign airstrikes and an emergency U.S. airlift of guns and ammunition last weekend. Next door, the Iraqi army is no longer abandoning its posts around Baghdad and has actually launched some modest offensive actions on the outskirts of the capital. It hasn't taken back much territory from Islamic State, but at least it's not giving away more. And on the political front,...

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