Islamic State fight to take at least three years: US general

Army Lieutenant-General James Terry speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon, Dec 18, 2014 in Washington, DC.  The general in command of US forces involved in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria said on Thursday
Army Lieutenant-General James Terry speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon, Dec 18, 2014 in Washington, DC.  The general in command of US forces involved in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria said on Thursday he thought it would take a minimum of three years to achieve a turning point against the group. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The general in command of US forces involved in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria said on Thursday he thought it would take a minimum of three years to achieve a turning point against the group.

Asked at a Pentagon briefing about progress on the ground, Army Lieutenant-General James Terry said that the first US air strikes had taken place only four months ago and counselled patience, estimating it would "at least take a minimum of three years."