This is coolbert:
A less than sanguine appraisal of the U.S. led offensive against the Islamic State? Damage as done during the last two years according to the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter "overrated"?
"US military chiefs overrate damage to ISIS"
The US has deployed about 7,500 US soldiers in Iraq and Syria, with an additional 2,000-3,000 fighters working for private security contractors. Washington has sent an additional 1,000 to 1,250 soldiers to Libya. US planes are taking off from Incirlilk base in South Turkey 350km from Raqqa, the ISIS Syrian capital, and 700km from Mosul in Iraq. But ISIS is in no danger of being degraded at this point.
Two years ago it was going to take three years to defeat the Islamic State. A year ago it was going to take three to five years to defeat the Islamic State. ONLY this year it is stated that 50,000 ground troops being needed to defeat the Islamic State. So what is it?