Obama envoy John Allen may be turning the tide in the campaign against the Islamic State

Not long ago, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen was a pretty good argument for the wisdom in the old adage “Be careful what you wish for.” As fighters for the so-called Islamic State rolled through Iraq last summer, sources say Allen was privately furious with the Obama administration’s tepid response. As the deputy commanding general of Marine forces in Anbar province back in 2006-08, Allen had participated in the Sunni uprising against al-Qaida in Iraq, commonly known as the “Anbar Awakening.” And then last September, the Obama administration named Allen as its Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. The privately fuming critic was suddenly very publicly in charge.

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