The U.S. has had a difficult time coming to terms with how exactly to deal with ISIL. Following the terrorist group's takeover of Ramadi and Palmyra, Washington was abuzz with finger pointing and calls for developing a strategy. Well in case you were wondering if President Obama sorted it out yet, he said the following at the recent G7 Summit "We don't have a complete strategy, the details of that are not yet worked out," he continued "ultimately [ISIL] is going to be defeated." Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, with whom President Obama met at the summit, beamed "undoubtedly, we will win this war." We certainly hope that is true but strong words are never enough. The White House is set to announce on Wednesday its plans to establish a new training base in Anbar Province and to send, in the coming weeks, hundred of U.S. troops, including trainers and other personnel, to help drive the Iraqi military battle to retake Ramadi. It's heartening to see that others countries have also voiced their commitments to help. The UK will send an additional 125 personnel to train Iraqi forces, and Italy will help train Iraqi police. Still it may not be enough. Last week a State Department official said that with 4,100 coalition airstrikes thus far, 10,000 ISIL fighters have been killed. That number may not mean much as fighters continuously cascade into Iraq and Syria. Back in September 2014 the CIA estimated the group had up to 31,500 fighters, Kurdish leaders say that the number is over 200,000. It's clear that the strategy to combat ISIL so far has not been effective. The key could be in cutting the flow of foreign fighters; Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top ranking Dem on the House Intelligence Committee said unless something is done on that front, "this conflict has the potential to go on indefinitely." 

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