The U.S. is a long way from resolving "Operation Inherent Resolve", the name given to our new and undeclared war in Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama says it's "going to be a long-term campaign. There are not quick fixes involved. … As with any military effort, there will be days of progress and there are going to be periods of setback." We're only four months into what the president suggests could be a three-year fight to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State (ISIS).
The looming question is, how does war with a totalitarian Jihadist group actually end successfully, rather than morph from one military campaign into another ad infinitum? Zenon Evans spoke to a range of policy analysts who say it's going to take more than just bullets and bombs. And it's not going to be a simple "we win, they lose" scenario.