Tom Bowman Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.

Iraqi soldiers walk in Jurf al-Sakhr, south of the capital Baghdad, on Monday after Iraqi military forces retook the area from Islamic State militants. Iraqi forces, supported by U.S. airstrikes, have made limited gains in recent months, but critics are questioning whether the U.S. strategy is likely to succeed. Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With Limited Gains, U.S. Bombing Campaign Faces Growing Criticism

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Pentagon's Ebola Monitoring Policy For Soldiers Under Review

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White House Sharpens Focus On ISIS Moves In Anbar Province

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Judging Effectiveness Of Airstrikes Against ISIS Remains Challenging

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Judging Effectivenes Of Airstrikes Against ISIS Remains A Challenge

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With New Security Agreement, U.S. Mission In Afghanistan Continues

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Second Round Of Airstrikes In Syria Target Oil Assets

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Syria Airstrikes Targeted Command Sites, Training Facilities

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Islamic State Targets Hit In Syria, Pentagon Says

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What Does 'Boots On The Ground' Really Mean?

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Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama's Strategy For Fighting ISIS

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Details Emerge About U.S. Plans To Fight ISIS In Iraq

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Far From The Battlefield, U.S. Troops Will Assist Iraqi Forces

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Obama's ISIS Plan A 'Sunni Awakening: Part Two'

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Islamic State Video Appears To Show Beheading Of A New U.S. Journalist

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