US wants to win this war by outsourcing it

If it were possible to summarize the U.S. strategy in one sentence it could be: “To win a war against Islamist radicals without actually fighting on the ground.”

This has nothing to do with a proxy war, not any longer. This is now something a level up; perhaps it would be more correct to call it a “remote-controlled war.”

US air strikes target militants near Iraq's Haditha Dam

The United States said it launched four air strikes against Islamic State militants threatening the Haditha Dam in western Iraq on Sept. 7, broadening its campaign against the fighters.
It was Washington's first offensive into Iraq's western Anbar province since it started air strikes on Islamic State forces in the north of the country in August.

Obama increases US force protecting embassy in Baghdad

President Barack Obama has ordered an increase of about 350 troops in Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) militants, the White House said on Sept. 2.