US general: Islamic State on the defensive in Iraq as US leads effort to rebuild Iraqi army

December 8, 2014 5:45 PM

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US general: Islamic State on the defensive in Iraq as US leads effort to rebuild Iraqi army

Iraqi security forces are deployed during a military operation to regain control of the villages around the town of Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. The commander of U.S. forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Army Lt. Gen. James Terry says the extremist group has been thrown on the defensive, because coalition airstrikes and other measures are taking a toll on IS ability to communicate. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) (The Associated Press)

Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters are deployed during a military operation to regain control of the university of Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. The commander of U.S. forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Army Lt. Gen. James Ter...

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