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Warnings from U.S. officials about the terrorist Islamic State that has established a safe haven in Iraq and Syria sound ominously like the intelligence alerts that preceded Al-Qaeda's attack on Sept. 11, 2001 .Dempsey argues that the U.S. should channel increased military support through a new, more inclusive Iraqi government after the polarizing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is replaced.A new Iraqi government is desirable, but the U.S. shouldn't wait for the perfect allies in Iraq, Syria or other new battlegrounds. Imperfect though they may be, Iraqi tribal leaders and haphazard Free Syrian Army fighters need U.S. help. How can the U.S. begin to combat and ultimately destroy Baghdadi and his Islamic State?The U.S. will also need links with Iraqi tribal leaders.For now, it may be killing mainly Syrians and Iraqis; but left untouched, it's likely to spread until it threatens Europe and America, too.
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