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Who is winning the war against IS?

While the fight between the Isis and the forces arrayed against it rages in the Middle East, another brutal battle is brewing in the United States over who is winning the war. In the US these days, all issues — whatever and wherever — soon fall into the maw of the country's polarised domestic politics.

Thus, the effort to contain and destroy the IS has become yet another referendum on President Barack Obama's stewardship of US foreign policy. Is he "tough" enough? Or, as some of his opponents have preferred to frame the issue, does he really love his country?

The puerile level of the domestic debate should mislead no one about the seriousness of the crisis. For now, the IS' main focus is the creation of its would-be caliphate and the frenetic and bloody effort to force all under its rule to live accordingly.

But its ideology suggests far more...

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