Anxiety Grows in Fight Against IS, Extremists

Even as U.S. officials highlight military gains against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria, there is a growing sense of unease among former officials and analysts that the current strategies are not enough.

Their fear is that while the U.S. and its coalition partners are degrading Islamic State’s abilities on the battlefield, planners have yet to hit upon any coherent strategy to stem the tide of young people who are willing to fight and die in the name of Islamist extremism.

“The threat of violent extremism is growing, casting its shadow over ever larger parts of the globe,” former British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned an audience Tuesday in Washington.