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White House on Defeating Islamic State: ‘Our Strategy Is Reliant on Something That Is Not Yet in Place’

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By Washington Free Beacon Staff

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the U.S. strategy for defeating the Islamic State (IS) is “reliant on something that is not yet in place.”

The missing element? A moderate Syrian opposition.

Responding to ABC’s Jon Karl, who said that IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) was “moving forward, not backward” despite coalition airstrikes, Earnest emphasized that “the president has been clear that this is a longer-term proposition.”

“There is still a lot of work to be done,” Earnest said. “Our strategy is reliant upon something that is not yet in place, and that is a Syrian opposition that can take the fight to ISIL on the ground in Syria.”

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