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A year later, US struggles to stop IS onslaught

As it tries to lead an unwieldy international coalition, Washington has pleaded for patience but has yet to arrive at a successful formula that can cripple the well-funded, opportunistic jihadists in Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama’s strategy — a combination of US-led air power with advice and weapons for local forces — was supposed to stop the onslaught and buy time for an eventual push to roll back the jihadists. “Realistically our strategy is to contain ISIL (IS) right now,” said David Barno, a retired general who once led the US war effort in Afghanistan.

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