Archive: 8/31/2014
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  8/31/2014, Elul 5, 5774

Report: As IS Tries to Blend In, Defeating Them Becomes More Difficult


After their blitzkrieg takeover in June, Islamic State militants paraded through the city of Mosul in looted Humvees, armored cars and pickup trucks, all made in the USA and all mounted with heavy machine guns.

Today, according to a report by Reuters, many have traded in their military-type vehicles that make them easy targets for U.S. air strikes, trying to blend in with residents, more or less. While they still present themselves asl terrifying, they appear a far more discreet force.

However, according to Reuters, the way the IS has been adapting shows the immensity of problems President Barack Obama will have to face as well as the Pentagon and U.S.-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces struggling to reclaim ground from the Sunni militants, who have not only seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, but are trying to establish a jihadist hub in the heart of the Arab world.