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Touting progress Obama says Islamic State is losing ground

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center “President Obama’s comments today reveal the disturbing degree of self-delusion that characterizes the administration’s campaign against ISIL,” McCain said.Although the president said there were “no current plans” to send more U.S. troops to Iraq, he did not rule out that possibility in the future. Obama has vowed to keep American service members out of direct combat, but has sent more than 3,000 U.S. troops to advise and assist the beleaguered Iraqi military — including the deployment of 450 additional service members announced last month.Efforts to train local forces in Iraq and Syria, however, have been slow to take shape. Last month, Obama acknowledged that the U.S. lacks a “complete strategy” for training Iraqi troops to carry out ground missions. And in Syria, fewer than 100 rebels are being trained by the U.S., far fewer than the goal of producing 5,400 fighters a year.At the Pentagon, Obama also walked a fine line on whether he’ll sign a massive defense policy bill favored by Republicans. The White House has threatened to veto the bill, arguing that it uses gimmickry to increase defense spending without increasing domestic spending by an equal amount, as Obama has insisted. Some Republicans have questioned, however, whether Obama would really veto the bill should it come to his desk. Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama portrayed the U.S.-led coalition Monday as gaining ground against the Islamic State amid an expanded U.S. effort and ample signs of progress, but conceded more difficulties ahead in fighting what he described as a nimble and opportunistic enemy.“We’re starting to see some progress,” the president said during a rare visit to the Pentagon, ticking off a list of towns in Iraq and Syria he said had been wrested from IS control in recent weeks. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories last_img read more