Some 70 days ago, U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, began against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, August 8 and September 23 respectively. With Coalition kinetic assistance, Iraqi forces have retaken many critical areas in the country, such as Mosul Dam, Haditha, Rabiya and Zumar. Yet ISIS maintains a solid swath of land. In Syria, the pace of anti-ISIS gains are slower or practically null, obviously because of a lack of ground forces with Coalition backing.
Kill, command and control
It is as if the Coalition is dropping matches on a combustible fluid. What is needed are fire-fightersDr. Theodore Karasik