Efforts against Islamic State hurt by lack of intel

August 24, 2014 7:02 AM

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Efforts against Islamic State hurt by lack of intel

The Pentagon has conducted daily surveillance flights along Iraq's border with Syria in recent weeks as part of a push to bolster U.S. intelligence on the Islamic State without crossing into Syrian airspace and risking the loss of aircraft to that nation's air defenses, officials said.

The CIA has also expanded its network of informants inside Syria, largely by recruiting and vetting rebel fighters who have been trained and equipped at clandestine agency bases in Jordan over the last two years, U.S. officials said. Still, senior U.S. intelligence and military officials - speaking ...

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