August 27, 2016

WELL, IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED:

U.S. intelligence sees Islamic State as weakened after series of defeats  (W.J. Hennigan and Brian Bennett, 8/27/16, LA Times)
 
The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies now view Islamic State as a shrinking and increasingly demoralized military force, a sharp shift from the seemingly invincible extremist army that declared an Islamist caliphate two years ago.

The revised assessment comes after surprisingly swift and relatively bloodless victories this summer near Syria's border with Turkey and in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, two areas where Islamic State had appeared entrenched.

The rapid recapture this week of Jarabulus, the militants' last garrison by the Turkish border, helped close off a boundary region that was crucial for movement of recruits, supplies and money in and out of the group's quasi-state.

It also was the latest fight to suggest the Sunni militants no longer are willing to fight to hold territory against a sustained assault.

Posted by at August 27, 2016 8:08 AM

  

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