Gen. Allen: Islamic State Has Lost Half of Its Leaders in Iraq

(Washington Post) Dan Lamothe - U.S. intelligence shows that half of the Islamic State's leaders in Iraq have been killed, Gen. John Allen told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. Allen said the last six months "have amply demonstrated that ISIL is little more than a criminal gang and death cult, which now finds itself under increasing pressure, sending naive and gullible recruits to die by the hundreds." However, the belief is still there that a caliphate run by the militants will be created, Allen said. Turning the tide will require showing that the Islamic State does not have the capacity to hold territory, he said.

2015-02-27 00:00:00

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