Gen. Lloyd Austin

FILE – In this July 27, 2012 file photo, Gen. Lloyd Austin speaks to reporters at Fort Riley, Kansas. The U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq has killed more than 8,500 Islamic State fighters since its bombing campaign began in August and has gained the upper hand, the top general overseeing the coalition said Tuesday. Austin, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said the Islamic State, which has controlled key parts of northern and western Iraq since last summer, is no longer capable of seizing and holding new territory. (AP Photo/John Milburn, File).

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