Islamic State Reach Cited by Pentagon Gloomier Than Obama’s View

Iraqi Kurdish forces stand next to the wreckage of an armored vehicle used during clashes in the region with the Islamic State (IS) group, on Feb. 1, 2015, near Al-Assal village, Iraq.

Photographer: Marwan Ibrahim/AFP via Getty Images

Islamic State extremists are expanding their international footprint in the Mideast and North Africa, the U.S. military’s top intelligence official said, offering a far bleaker security assessment than have President Barack Obama and his political appointees.

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