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Escalating air war on IS not the answer: US general

A French navy Rafale fighter jet takes off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle operating in the Gulf on February 26, 2015The US military’s top officer Sunday defended the pace of the air war against Islamic State jihadists, warning that escalating bombing raids or sending in more American troops would be a mistake. During a visit to a French aircraft carrier in the Gulf taking part in the air campaign, General Martin Dempsey appealed for “strategic patience” in the fight against the IS group in Iraq and Syria. Expanding the air war could risk civilian casualties and play into the hands of IS propaganda, he said aboard the Charles de Gaulle. “So we have a responsibility to be very precise in the use of air power.

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