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By Backgrounder, Geostrategy-Direct.com
The “Obama doctrine” in the Middle East is coming apart at the seams a year after the U.S. president laid out his strategy in a speech at West Point.
American-supported and trained forces in Iraq have managed a stalemate, at best, against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and have often fled the battlefield, leaving U.S. equipment behind.
In Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped in to take up the slack of the U.S.-led coalition which has done little to slow the jihadist juggernaut.
The last straw for the “Obama doctrine” may have come with the recent loss of a key Afghan city to Taliban forces, the first time the Taliban had taken a provincial capital since being routed by American forces in 2001.
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