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Sources Detail Skewed Reports On How The U.S. Is Doing Against ISIS

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during the graduation ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on May 23. In an interview with NPR, he says he's not surprised by the slow going against the Islamic State, predicting it will be a "long campaign." Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Gen. Martin Dempsey On Iraq: A Fight That Will Take 'Multiple Years'

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier this month. In an interview on CNN Sunday, Carter complained that Iraqi forces lacked "the will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (left) and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in December. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says

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Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talking to U.S. military personnel in Tokyo last April. Kyodo/Landov hide caption

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Gen. Martin Dempsey on Syria

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Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, in November of 2013. Paul J. Richards /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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A Protester Interrupts

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On 'Morning Edition': The World Food Program's Muhannad Hadi talks about the crisis in Syria

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Aug. 13: At Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley are carried during a dignified transfer. He was killed in a "green on blue" attack. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson speaks with David Greene on 'Morning Edition'

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