US Special Troops Battalion (Reuters / Peter Andrews)
Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times: Islamic State exploits U.S. rules of engagement, Obama’s aversion to civilian deaths
Even in losing, the Islamic State group has shown it conducts a “lessons learned” exercise so it won’t repeat battlefield mistakes.
Whether it can forestall what the Obama administration predicts is an inevitable defeat in Syria and Iraq is doubtful. But the fighters’ attention to U.S. rules of engagement has paid dividends at times.
Learning lessons in war is a major intellectual exercise by the U.S. military and other advanced armed forces. The Army operates the Center for Army Lessons Learned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Although the Islamic State does not operate at that level of sophistication, its leaders do make changes on the run.
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WNU Editor: No kidding.