REUTERS/Umit Bektas - Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, Turkish army tanks take position on the Turkish side of the border, as seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in Sanliurfa province October 8, 2014.

Opinion

Islamic State's Deadly Tactical Strategy

October 13, 2014, John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin evaluates the progress of the U.S.-led international coalition to confront the Islamic State. McLaughlin argues that the new Iraqi government must further unify Iraq; that Turkey’s reluctance to participate has complicated the coalition’s mission; and that ground forces may be necessary to enhance the air campaign. He writes that because Islamic State leaders demonstrate strategic thought and action, winning the war against them will require a strategic and tactical edge.

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