Top U.S. military officer, General Martin Dempsey, meets with U.S. commanders and Iraqi officials in Baghdad. Nathan Frandino reports.
As U.S.-led coalition air strikes hit Islamic State targets in Iraq, the top U.S. military officer says the momentum against the militants is starting to turn. General Martin Dempsey arrived in Iraq Saturday to meet with both Iraqi officials and U.S. commanders. During a meeting with Iraq's Chief of Staff General Babakir Zebari, Dempsey affirmed U.S. commitment to more air support and training for the Iraqi forces. Dempsey said it was crucial to show that IS was not an unstoppable force, but, quote, "a bunch of midgets running around with a really radical ideology." Still, he says the mission to root out the militants, who remain in control of swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, will take time -- several years, he said. It was Dempsey's first visit to Iraq since U.S. President Barack Obama this summer ordered air strikes and troops back into a country they left in 2011.