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The United States imprudently rushed into war in Iraq in 2003 .The U.S. strategy assumes that the Iraqi army – which collapsed so disastrously in Mosul in June – will be rebuilt along regional lines, with Sunni-dominated units (drawn from tribal fighters) taking the fight to ISIS in the north and west, joined by Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Shiite brigades – all loosely coordinated under a new Iraqi Defense Ministry.Phase two of the administration's strategy is gathering allies in the region to encourage Sunni Muslims in Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS.Some in the administration are urging that the U.S. bomb the logistical and training centers in Syria that are ISIS safe havens. Those attacks are probably coming, but U.S. officials want to be sure that once America bombs inside Syria, moderate fighters from the Free Syrian Army will be ready to fill the vacuum. The U.S. also plans overt training of 10,000 or more Syrians in a stabilization force that can control the areas ISIS extremists have been forced to abandon.
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