Mapping Obama's Strategy to Defeat ISIS in Iraq

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The Obama administration's strategy for defeating ISIS in Iraq envisions the Islamic terror group squeezed on three sides and from the air, making their grip on northern Iraq "untenable."

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The strategy was laid out Tuesday by Gen. Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a Senate hearing.

The plan includes:

  • Training a force of 5,000 moderate Syrian rebels to take the areas that border Iraq, although Dempsey acknowledged it may take a force of 12,000 to wrest the area from ISIS forces. If the U.S. trained rebels were attacked by Syrian government forces, the U.S. would help them, Hagel said.

  • Advise Iraqi troops for an offensive that would launch northward from west and north of Baghdad.

  • Kurdish forces in the north of Iraq would push south into areas held by ISIS.

  • Combined with U.S. air power, the multi-pronged attack would put ISIS “in an untenable position,” Dempsey said.

  • Get help from Arab countries that hopefully will provide special forces, trainers, tankers and strike aircraft.