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Airstrikes Slow ISIS Advances: Professor Martel Comments

Boston Herald

William C. Martel is Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

With the Kurds again moving forward, experts say that U.S. airstrikes — coming from both warplanes and drones — could be enough to stop the momentum of Sunni terrorists who had, until recently, been on the advance through Iraq. 

“The only way to beat ISIS is to tear them apart with air power and to make them bleed as much as we can,” said Bill Martel, a professor at [the Fletcher School at] Tufts University. “We have such tremendous capabilities, and these are basically fixed targets. This is what we should have been doing from the start.” 

Kurdish forces yesterday took over two towns that had been under the control of the Sunni extremists. The takeover came on the heels of a fourth round of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS military vehicles and mortars as part of an effort to squash the militants’ advances. 

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