Retired officer: U.S. let ISIS gain foothold in Iraq
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Whatever headway the U.S. gained in Iraq following the 2007 surge has for the most part come undone — paving the way for the rise of the Islamic State.
That's the assessment of retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor, who had a front-row seat for the surge in his capacity as executive officer to retired Army Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq from 2007 to 2008, the culmination of Mansoor's 26-year Army career.
When the last U.S. troops left Iraq on Dec. 18, 2011, following several years of drawdowns, al-Qaida was defeated, but was not irrevocably destroyed.
"We had al-Qaida down on the 10-count, and we let it off the mat," Mansoor said.
And, he added, from those not-quite-extinguished ashes rose the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Is he right, /k/?