Verbatim: Petraeus Says U.S. Is ‘Probably Losing’ in Iraq

By Allen McDuffee
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“These are fights where if you’re not winning, you’re probably losing, because time is not on your side.”

— Former CIA Director and retired General David Petraeus

Speaking to Charlie Rose for CBS Evening News, former CIA Director and retired General David Petraeus said the situation on the ground in Iraq and Syria is “worrisome,” saying that ISIS capturing Ramadi is “both an operational and a strategic setback, a significant one.”

When Rose directly asked if the U.S.-led coalition is winning or losing against ISIS, Petraeus answered, “probably losing.”

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