The U.S. response to ISIS has been underwhelming, as while the threat was forecast by Pentagon officials since 2012, the U.S. has still not committed significant military forces to curbing what could be the worst humanitarian crisis since the Holocaust.
While the U.S. has reportedly been conducting limited air strikes, Iraq’s former national security adviser said on Tuesday that most U.S. fighter jets deployed to bomb terrorists in the Arab country return to their bases without dropping any bombs.
Mowaffak al-Rubaie sharply criticized the U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS as ineffective.
"From where I sit in Baghdad," said Rubaie, "eight out of each 10" aircraft loaded with ammunition return to their bases without striking their targets.
“Only two out of ten strike their targets in Iraq,” he said in an interview.
“I think the United States government needs and should and ought to do a lot more,” in Iraq, he went on to say.
The United States and dozens of allies have been launching airstrikes against the ISIS targets in Iraq since August. The raids have also included Syria since September.
Yet the terror group is now stronger than ever, having recently captured a variety of key cities in both Syria and Iraq.