March 26, 2015 / 1:02 PM / 3 years ago

U.S. special envoy says coalition 'seriously degrading' Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Retired General John Allen, President Barack Obama’s special envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State, said on Thursday the U.S.-led effort is weakening the militant group.

“We’re clearly degrading its capabilities,” Allen told a U.S. House of Representatives hearing.

He said Islamic State had lost more than a quarter of the territory it had held in Iraq, but said the situation in Syria is “more complex.”

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle

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