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US warns of long cross-border war against IS

Peshmerga fighters inspect the remains of a car, which belonged to Islamic State militants, bearing an image of the jihadist flag, after it was targeted by an American air strike in the village of Baqufa, north of Mosul, August 18, 2014The United States said the Islamic State is the most dangerous group it has faced in recent years, and warned that the Middle East faces a long-term battle to defeat it. Pentagon chiefs said the jihadist group could be eradicated if local Sunni communities reject it and regional powers unite to fight it, but only if the battle is taken into Syria and not just Iraq. Speaking after the US military revealed it had already carried out a failed hostage rescue mission inside Syria, and against the backdrop of new air strikes in Iraq, they warned IS poses a considerable threat. “They marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess,” Defense Secretary Chuch Hagel said about the “barbaric” militants.

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