Brett McGurk at the Sulaimani Forum. Rudaw
Military Times: Coalition fighters kill a new ISIS leader every three days. But is that enough?
The coalition fighting the Islamic State group is killing a leader every three days, the president’s top advisor on the effort told lawmakers on Tuesday. But lawmakers questioned whether Iraqi forces can maintain those gains, and what might come next.
Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, special presidential envoy Brett McGurk touted the terror group’s loss of territory -- 47 percent in Iraq, 20 percent in Syria after two years of military operations -- just days after coalition-backed Iraqi forces liberated the Iraqi city Fallujah, occupied by ISIL forces for more than two and half years.
Fallujah’s liberation sets up planned sieges on Mosul, and Manjbi and Raqqa in Syria, McGurk said. The closure of Turkey’s border has cut off ISIL from supplies and potential recruits.
“All the areas that have been taken back from ISIL, none of them have been retaken by ISIL,” he said.
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WNU Editor: This discussion reminds me of what former US Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said in 2003 .... Is the Muslim world turning out terrorists faster than the United States can kill or capture them? .... Rumsfeld Skeptical Of Intel Analysis (CBS).