Airstrikes Against Islamic State Launched Amid Intelligence Gaps

October 1, 2014 10:19 AM

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Airstrikes Against Islamic State Launched Amid Intelligence Gaps

Washington: The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The U.S. military says its airstrikes have been discriminating and effective in disrupting an al Qaeda cell called the Khorasan Group and in halting the momentum of Islamic State militants. But independent analysts say the Islamic State group remains on the offensive in areas of Iraq and Syria, wher...

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