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Will bombing ever get rid of Islamic State?

Past campaigns show hard power can do a lot—but it isn't everything

By Raffaello Pantucci  

The initial campaign in Afghanistan had some success. © AP Photo/John Moore, File PHOTO PACKAGE FOR USE WITH AFGHANISTAN ANNIVERSARY STORIES

This week’s vote to bomb Syria brings to mind a question: can hard power destroy terrorist groups? While it often may not be able to completely eradicate the groups’ ideologies, hard power does have a role in countering terrorist organisations. Historically there have been a number of successes in using it to degrade and even destroy them. This success…

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