Pentagon Map Hides ISIS Gains

The Defense Department released a map last week showing territory where it is has pushed ISIS back, claiming that the terrorist group is “no longer able to operate freely in roughly 25 to 30 percent of populated areas of Iraqi territory where it once could.” This was touted as evidence of success by numerous news outlets.

Pushing ISIS back is clearly a good step. But the information from the Pentagon is, at best, misleading and incomplete, experts in the region and people on the ground tell The Daily Beast. They said the map misinforms the public about how effective the U.S.-led effort to beat back ISIS has actually been. The map released by the Pentagon excludes inconvenient facts in some parts, and obscures them in others.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Once the White House tells the media to stop covering ISIS at all, which it’s done in the past 10 days, it means that it’s turning into another catastrophe. How long before Obama announces that Iran told him they’re going to use their first nuke on the Sunnis in Iraq and he (Obama) while ‘wary’ is pretty much ok with that.

    • I believe nothing coming out of the White House or Baghdad.

      • simus1

        “US led” is pretty much an oxymoronic phrase.