Dubs Fall of Ramadi a 'Tactical Setback'
In an interview with The Atlantic, President Obama insisted he believes the strategy against ISIS remains sound, and will eventually win the war.
“I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama insisted, dubbing the fall of Ramadi a “tactical setback” and blaming it on poorly organized Iraqi troops.
Obama began the ISIS war after the fall of the city of Mosul to ISIS, and expanded the war to Syria in September. Since then, ISIS has increased its territory in Iraq, including taking virtually the whole of the Anbar Province, Iraq’s largest. They also hold over 50% of Syrian territory now.
Obama’s comments echo those of military leaders, who insist that despite mounting losses, they don’t intend to actually change the ISIS war strategy in any significant way, and figure it will eventually turn in their favor.
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