Pentagon Officials Eager to Present a Recovering ISIS, but Facts Don’t Support It
By Jason Ditz
Throughout August, one of the most persistent stories has been the claim that ISIS is making a substantial recovery in Iraq and Syria, a claim based on a single Pentagon report which implied only that this might potentially be the case.
The Pentagon clearly wants this to be true, because they are using it to spin a US military withdrawal from Syria as dangerous. Even though that withdrawal never happened in the first place, this narrative has refused to die, and the New York Times is against claiming ISIS is “regaining” strength, in its top story, as though it’s an