The Pentagon has been warning at regular intervals that ISIS would adapt to the US airstrikes against them. Today, officials confirmed that’s exactly what’s happening.
According to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, ISIS has significantly changed their tactics and posture to make the airstrikes “more difficult,” saying there was no question they had made striking them harder.
Kirby said the US strikes were less about killing individual ISIS members and more about attacking convoys and artillery positions, and that ISIS had dispersed and hidden more such potential targets.
Despite the change in tactics, Kirby conceded that ISIS continues to threaten to advance against Baghdad, saying they “haven’t made any great strides in that regard.” Neither, it seems, has the Pentagon made any great strides in pushing them back with their air war.