President Barack Obama said earlier this week that the U.S.-lead military coalition is hitting Islamic State targets “harder than ever,” but critics say not enough of those hits are striking training camps that are churning out 1,000 militant fighters every month.
“These camps give them a continuous, fresh flow of fighters,” an unnamed critic from Obama’s administration told The Washington Free Beacon. “Little is being done to destroy them.”
According to officials, a total of 20 camps in Syria and Iraq have been hit since May. Critics, though, point out that ISIS has been running more than 60 camps in Syria and Iraq since 2014, and they worry that the camps are not being hit enough.
The military has been kept from attacking the camps, the officials complained, because many are located near residential and population centers,and strikes could produce casualties among civilians as well.