Obama Envoy John Allen No 'Short-Term Solutions' for Stopping Islamic State

In an interview, US General John Allen, Washington's special envoy for countering the Islamic State, discusses why he believes the recent military campaign has reversed the terrorist group's momentum but warns the battle to stop its ideology could take years.
Islamic State fighters parade in Mosul, Iraq in June: "When you can defeat the idea, then you have destroyed the organization" says Obama's envoy tasked to help stop the terrorist group's menace.

Islamic State fighters parade in Mosul, Iraq in June: "When you can defeat the idea, then you have destroyed the organization" says Obama's envoy tasked to help stop the terrorist group's menace.

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Special presidential envoy General John Allen says a ground offensive against IS "will unfold when it's ready for it to unfold."

Special presidential envoy General John Allen says a ground offensive against IS "will unfold when it's ready for it to unfold."

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