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U.S. operation may only halt, not destroy, Islamic State, officers say
U.S. operation may only halt, not destroy, Islamic State, officers say

The military offensive ordered by President Obama against marauding Islamic State militants barely resembles the grinding ground war that the United States waged in Iraq from 2003 to 2011, but may prove just as tough to win. Rather than U.S. combat troops fighting street by street in Iraqi cities and towns, the new strategy is based on an escalation in U.S. bombing and on at least 1,600 American military advisors and others working with the Iraqi army, Kurdish fighters and sectarian militias to drive the extremists from Iraq, and eventually defeat them in neighboring Syria. In his prime-time speech Wednesday, Obama compared his plan to U.S. counter-terrorism operations in Yemen and...

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