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Gen. Jack Keane: Airstrikes Disrupting ISIS Activities

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An area U.S. officials say was an ISIS vehicle staging center near Abu Kamal, Syria, is seen before (inset) and after it was struck by U.S. aircraft. (US Navy/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 02:21 PM

The initial round of airstrikes the U.S. and its allies are conducting in Iraq and Syria are working as planned to disrupt the activities of the Islamic State (ISIS), Gen. Jack Keane told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

Keane said the three main objectives of the strikes were to restrict the terrorists' movement, halt their initiative, and destroy their support facilities.

"What the airstrikes are trying to accomplish is, first, deny ISIS the freedom of movement. And, airstrikes are accomplishing that.

"They are out of their camps. They are hiding in among the population. That is a good thing. They are not doing what they normally do. They are in survival mode," Keane, a retired four-star Army general, said Thursday.

Taking the initiative away from ISIS would take time, but would make it so they "cannot attack in Iraq and in Syria at will," Keane said, adding the third goal was to "go after the functions that they have, command and control, training areas, staging bases."

"We are destroying those. The fact of the matter is, we are after the function in the building, not the building," he said, explaining why some buildings were not completely destroyed in the attacks.

The airstrikes already had the effect of putting ISIS "on the defensive" so that they were "no longer attacking," Keane explained. When it comes to the point of launching a ground campaign in Iraq, he said it was a "big question mark" how that would transpire, due to uncertainty about the viability of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces.

"We have to reconstitute a lot of those units that collapsed in the face of the enemy," he said. "When they start to retake lost territory, I've got to believe we've got to have our advisers and trainers right down there among the fighting units."

Keane said the campaign so far was "pretty much unfolding as the military has orchestrated," and called the precision of the technology the military was using "extraordinary."

"We can take out a target with a 98 percent assurance of hitting the target within 30 meters. That is phenomenal technology," he said.

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The initial round of airstrikes the U.S. and its allies are conducting in Iraq and Syria are working as planned to disrupt the activities of the Islamic State (ISIS), Gen. Jack Keane told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
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