Military Pentagon 'very concerned' by IS threat, sees limits to air power, general says (+video)

US operations against Islamic State (IS) fighters are 'limited in scope to protect US citizens and facilities' and are 'unlikely to affect' their advances in Iraq, a top Pentagon official says.

By , Staff writer

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While the US airstrikes in Iraq have slowed down and “temporarily disrupted” the advance of the Islamic State (IS) toward the city of Erbil, the defacto capital of Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, the US military’s efforts are “unlikely to affect” the terrorist group’s overall capabilities or operations in other parts of Iraq or Syria.