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More IS attacks likely as group suffers setbacks: US general

A top US general made the argument that recent IS-claimed attacks like the ones this week in Istanbul and Jakarta are in fact evidence the group is falteringIslamic State jihadists will likely increase the tempo of attacks around the world as they come under increased pressure in Iraq and Syria, a top US general warned Thursday. General Lloyd Austin, who currently heads the military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) overseeing Middle East operations, made the argument that recent IS-claimed attacks like the ones this week in Istanbul and Jakarta are in fact evidence the group is faltering. “ISIL has assumed a defensive posture in Iraq and Syria,” Austin said at a news conference in Florida.

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