Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen.
The U.S. military says its airstrikes have been discriminating and effective in disrupting an al-Qaida cell called the Khorasan Group and in halting the momentum of Islamic State militants. But independent analysts say the Islamic State group remains on the offensive in areas of Iraq and Syria, where it still controls large sections.
Human rights groups say coalition airstrikes have killed as many as two dozen civilians. U.S. officials say they can't rule out civilian deaths but haven't confirmed any.