The Islamic State is a formidable tactical fighting force, experts say

October 9, 2014 12:17 AM

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At one time, it was perhaps easy to dismiss the Islamic State as a bunch of frenzied marauders who have extemporaneously slaughtered their way across much of Syria and Iraq. It was easy to dismiss them, as President Obama once did, as a "JV (Junior Varsity) team" in a "Lakers uniform".

The Islamic State, as demonstrated by its siege of Kobane under a relentless US aerial assault, is a tactical fighting force, capable of maintaining discipline even in the face of another determined force, the Kurdish YPG. And as the militant group continues its quest to expand the borders of its na...

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