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Former U.S. Commanders Take Increasingly Dim View of War on ISIS

“It’s a most peculiar war: rarely has the U.S. been killing so many while risking so few. The U.S. is beating ISIS handily, judging by Vietnam’s body-count metric. The total number of ISIS battlefield deaths claimed by U.S. officials has jumped, from 6,000 in January 2015 to 45,000 last month—a bloodbath for an enemy force estimated to number about 30,000. Three U.S. troops have died. That’s an eye-watering U.S.-to-ISIS ‘kill ratio’ of 15,000-to-1. ‘We’ve got good momentum going,’ General Joseph Votel, chief of U.S. Central Command, who is overseeing the war, said Tuesday. ‘We are really into the heart of the caliphate.’”

Source: Former U.S. Commanders Take Increasingly Dim View of War on ISIS | TIME

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