U.S.: Islamic State strategy failing
BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces battled Islamic State fighters for a third day in a remote western town far from Mosul on Tuesday, but the U.S.-led coalition insisted the latest in a series of “spoiler attacks” had not forced it to divert resources from the fight to retake Iraq’s second-largest city.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi acknowledged that the militants briefly seized the local government headquarters in the western town of Rutba, offering new details about the assault, which U.S. and Iraqi officials have sought to downplay since it began Sunday.
The White House envoy to the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State insisted the militants’ strategy was failing. from Irbil snuck up behind him and placed both hands over his eyes. The men laughed. It was the first time they had seen each other in 2 ½ years.
“I don’t care what happens to us” at the camp, Madhar said. “Nothing can be as bad as what Islamic State did.”