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8/26/2014 (7 months ago)

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Operatives in caliphate show amazing sophistication along with their brutality

When doing battle, it is never wise to underestimate your enemy. As monstrous and inhumane as Islamic State is, military experts are conceding that they are formidable opponents. Described as "incredible fighters," IS forces are merely "tactically withdrawing" in the face of fierce U.S. airstrikes, according to U.S. military officials.

One unnamed official says that ISIS probably learned its sophisticated military methods from the Chechens.

One unnamed official says that ISIS probably learned its sophisticated military methods from the Chechens.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/26/2014 (7 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: ISIS, U.S, military, assessment, formidable


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In either cases, ISIS is a far more formidable enemy than the one faced by U.S. troops who tackled "al-Qaeda in Iraq" during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 to 2011.

Officials told TV reporters that ISIS "aren't just bugging out, they're tactically withdrawing . Very professional, well trained, motivated and equipped. They operate like a state with a military. These aren't the same guys we fought in OIF, who would just scatter when you dropped a bomb near them."

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The nefarious plans by ISIS are to establish its "Islamic caliphate" from northern Syria across the western and northern deserts of Iraq. More worryingly, ISIS has the money and military hardware to do it.

"They tried to push out as far as they thought they could and were fully prepared to pull back a little bit when we beat them back with airstrikes around Irbil, and they were fine with that, and ready to hold all of the ground they have now," the official says.

"They're incredible fighters. ISIS teams in many places use special operations [tactics, techniques and procedures]," a second U.S. official says

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel conceded as much last week. He declared ISIS "beyond anything we've seen."

One unnamed official says that ISIS probably learned its sophisticated military methods from the Chechens.

Many are rising to the occasion - there are many military and intelligence officials are eager to fight ISIS in combat operations.

"ISIS and their kind must be destroyed," a senior counter-terrorism official told ABC News after journalist James Foley was beheaded.

In the meantime, U.S. President Barack Obama is focused on protecting U.S. lives, "containing" ISIS where it is and supporting advances by Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

"We have to be clear that this is a deeply rooted organization ." Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, says. "It is going to take time, a long time, to fully evict them from the communities where they operate," he said. "In the long term, we'll be working with our partners to defeat this organization."

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