Commander, International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) Gen. John R. Allen briefs the media in the Pentagon Briefing Room, Washington, D.C., May 23, 2012. (DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)
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The top U.S. official charged with the campaign to defeat ISIS warned Wednesday that it would be a long-term campaign that could require a generation to stamp out the ideology that has encouraged thousands of Muslims worldwide to flock to Iraq and Syria.Gen. John Allen, U.S. presidential envoy for the international coalition battling ISIS, added that the emergence of affiliates of the jihadi group in recent months represented an expanding challenge, even though the focus of the campaign has been on Iraq and Syria.However, the anti-ISIS coalition has been providing a disproportionate level of air support for Kurdish groups battling ISIS in northeast Syria, which has seen them gain up to 900 square kilometers of territory, according to Salman Sheikh, director of Brookings Doha."Indeed, the growth in the number of Daesh affiliate groups is a challenge that the counter-[ISIS] coalition is beginning to confront".But he added that the focus of the anti-ISIS campaign would remain on Iraq and Syria.
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