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Russian airstrike successes FINALLY shame US into ramping up attacks on ISIS

RUSSIA’S ferocious campaign of airstrikes on Islamic State is forcing United States into ramping up attacks on the terror organisation, it has been revealed.

The Pentagon is putting in a plan to reboot its strategy in the Middle East after continuous failures to reclaim the ISIS-controlled cities of Ramadi and Mosul in Iraq.

Both Washington and Bagdad are said to have grown frustrated at the lack of progress and pressure is now being put on Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi to ask Moscow to conduct airstrikes in the country.

It comes after a Syrian MP revealed Vladimir Putin’s relentless campaign of bombing in the country has achieved more against ISIS in 15 days than the US did in a year in the war-torn country.

Russia and the US have regularly clashed over Middle Eastern policy in recent weeks, including over airspace.

That was heightened yesterday when Moscow released a video of a Russian fighter jet passing just beneath a US Reaper drone in a near-miss in Syria.

America’s new strategy, which is expected to be outlined to Congress next week, is being lead by military commander General Joseph Dunford, who has said he has received assurances from Abadi he will not seek help from Russia, something the Kremlin is said to be keen to offer.

The new US plan will include coordinating groups attacking ISIS in Iraq, including Baghdad’s security forces, Kurdish fighters known as the Peshmerga and Sunni tribes.

It will also involve the US working with Iranian-backed Shia militias for the first time.

Dunford, who has just returned from visiting a range of countries in the Middle East, said he he was asking his top advisers to come up with recommendations on how the US-led coalition could motivate the Iraqi forces and pick up the pace of operations.

Dunford didn’t provide specifics, but said some of it could include additional training, more equipment or improving how the coalition is working together.

US airstrikes began in Iraq a year ago when the Iraqi army collapsed under intense pressure from insurgents.

After early successes progress on the ground has stalled but there are signs of improvement.

Dunford said: “Three or four weeks ago, there was


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