Kurdish Peshmerga fighters undergo training by British soldiers at a shooting range in Arbil, November 5, 2014.(REUTERS/Azad Lashkari)
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The commander of the U.S. war against ISIS jihadists said Thursday that the key to winning the fight would be ending Baghdad's sectarian rule, not how many American troops are on the ground.Gen. Lloyd Austin, who runs the air war against ISIS as head of Central Command, said he would be prepared to recommend more U.S. troops if he concluded it was necessary but stressed that the Iraqi government's treatment of Sunnis would be the decisive factor in the outcome of the conflict. Austin said he was hopeful a new government under Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi would reach out to the disaffected Sunni community, and that the situation in Iraq would be "different" this time than it was for American forces occupying the country from 2003 to 2011 .
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