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Dealing IS ‘Lasting Defeat’ Could Require Decades, Officials Caution

"Lasting defeat" has become a mantra for top U.S. officials when talking about the strategy to defeat Islamic State terrorists. "We must, we can and we will deliver a lasting defeat to ISIL,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told soldiers this week at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, using an acronym for the group. Carter used “lasting defeat” nine more times during his remarks that day, and twice more a day later at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, talking about “the overall...

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