President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., July 2, 2015. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
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Neither is the limited bombing campaign the Pentagon is running against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.The Pentagon Thursday announced that a June 16 airstrike had killed Tariq bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi, an ISIS leader who had facilitated suicide bombings. Former army deputy chief Lt. Gen. Richard Zahner says the Obama administration's policy of "benign neglect" toward strife-torn Yemen and Syria has ensured the existence of terrorist safe havens there for both Al-Qaeda and ISIS militants.The administration's position is that the failure of Al-Qaeda or ISIS to launch a coordinated attack on the U.S. homeland is the best evidence that the strategy is working.Many critics of Obama's approach are calling for a deeper American involvement against ISIS. Many military analysts, for example, say U.S. special operations troops should be allowed to direct airstrikes and embed with local units on the Syrian and Iraqi battlefields, something they are not now doing.
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