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Doyle McManus: Obama has strategy for fighting ISIS, but it isn't working

Doyle McManus: Obama has strategy for fighting ISIS, but it isn't working

Obama administration critics often charge that the president has no strategy in the war against Islamic State, but that's not true. Eight months ago, after Islamic State's army swept across northern Iraq, President Obama's national security aides drew up a plan to reverse the militants' gains. It began with airstrikes to stop their advance. It also included a series of steps to enable Iraq to defeat the invaders without using U.S. combat troops. First, the United States planned to push Nouri Maliki, the stubborn Shiite prime minister, out of office. Then it would help a new government rebuild the country's security forces, set up a "national guard" of...

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