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US President Barack Obama speaks following a meeting with top military officials about the military campaign against ISIL at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, July 6, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
US President Barack Obama speaks following a meeting with top military officials about the military campaign against ISIL at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, July 6, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
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Over 60 percent of American residents disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the militant threat, with only about half expressing confidence that he can protect American citizens.

In fact, the lack of confidence in Washington’s performance against the terrorist menace is now higher than any point since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. For all the resources, influence and military might of America, it seems that Iraq is doing a better job of putting right what Washington, at least in part, has done wrong.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed to rid Iraq of ISIL in 2016. It’s plausible. Even British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond praised Baghdad after government forces liberated the city of Ramadi from the Takfiri terrorists, as did President Francois Hollande. Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization units are in action in the militant-held northern and western parts of Iraq, plagued by violence since ISIL began its Iraq offensive in June 2014.