Rare Interview: Petraeus Says Politics Can Defeat IS

Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus has told the BBC that Islamic State militants can only be defeated through a dual military and political approach.
He said quote "Industrial-strength" extremists cannot be dealt with just military might. HE described IS as a conventional army that has the markings of an insurgency and terrorist group.
Petraeus was instrumental in beating IS's predecessor al-Qaeda in Iraq. Comparing the two groups, he said alQaeda in IRaq had deeper roots and greater numbers than IS. He addded he thinks the capital of Anbar Province, Ramadi, will be retaken from IS within weeks.
During the Iraq war, Mr Petraeus devised the strategy that saw a "surge" in US troop numbers and secured support from Sunni tribesmen against al-Qaeda.



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