Rep. Peter King: US Airstrikes Have ‘Minimal Impact’ on ISIS


peter kingRep. Peter King says Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is probably on the money about U.S. and Russian airstrikes have negligible impact against his “caliphate.”

“I would expect al-Baghdadi to say that,” the New York Republican who sits on the Select Intelligence Committee said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“We’ve had some impact, but, unfortunately, overall he’s probably right,” King said of al-Baghdadi’s statement, released on Shabbos. “That after 16 months of air attacks by the U.S. it’s had really minimal impact on ISIS considering how long those attacks have been going on.”

The Russians haven’t even been focusing on ISIS, he noted, making most of their air attacks against the Syrian resistance forces, which the United States supports.

“ISIS is stronger, I believe, than it was 16 months ago,” King said. “They certainly have a larger land mass under their control.”

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