ISIS fighters stand on the verge of victory on two fronts as poorly equipped local forces do their best to resist.
The Islamist extremists appear set to take a key Syrian town along the Turkish border and an entire province on Baghdad’s doorstep.
Leaders in Iraq’s Anbar province pleaded for U.S. ground troops to halt the group’s rapid, relentless assault.
On Sunday, the leader of U.S. military efforts to fight ISIS in Iraq says the terror group came within 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of the Baghdad airport.
Offering what appeared to be previously unreported details, Gen. Martin Dempsey told ABC’s “This Week” that the United States had to risk bringing in low-flying attack helicopters to keep ISIS at bay.
“The tool that was immediately available was the Apache (helicopter). The risk of operating in a hostile environment is there constantly,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.