In this Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, A U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowler  supporting operations against the militant Islamic State group, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq.  After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has so far hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group’s territory. The extremists’ grip on major cities across Iraq and neighboring Syria remains unquestioned. The campaign has brought some gains, with Kurdish fighters taking back towns on the fringes of the Islamic State group’s territory. But those successes only underline a major weakness: Besides the Iraqi Kurds, there are no forces on the ground ready to capitalize on the airstrikes.
In this Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, A U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowler supporting operations against the militant Islamic State group, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq. After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has so far hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group’s territory. The extremists’ grip on major cities across Iraq and neighboring Syria remains unquestioned. The campaign has brought some gains, with Kurdish fighters taking back towns on the fringes of the Islamic State group’s territory. But those successes only underline a major weakness: Besides the Iraqi Kurds, there are no forces on the ground ready to capitalize on the airstrikes. AP
In this Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 photo, released by the U.S. Air Force, A U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowler supporting operations against the militant Islamic State group, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq. After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has so far hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group’s territory. The extremists’ grip on major cities across Iraq and neighboring Syria remains unquestioned. The campaign has brought some gains, with Kurdish fighters taking back towns on the fringes of the Islamic State group’s territory. But those successes only underline a major weakness: Besides the Iraqi Kurds, there are no forces on the ground ready to capitalize on the airstrikes. AP

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