Gen. Keane: ISIL Can’t be Defeated by Air Power Alone

As Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) continues to grow and their threat to the West increases, the United States must adjust it’s strategy to defeat the terror group, Gen. Jack Keane said Tuesday morning on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom.

"We’re going to need a coordinated campaign and strategy to deal with them (ISIL)," Keane advised.

Keane said that if President Obama continues to employ air power offensively to destroy ISIL, he is "absolutely convinced" that ISIL will be somewhat slowed down. Still, he cautioned that more action is needed to fully defeat the terror group.

"We can stop ISIL to a certain degree with air power, but we cannot defeat it," Keane said. He called for "a combination of ground forces, Peshmerga and some reconciled Sunni tribes" to destroy ISIL. Those operations will require thousands of advisers.

He predicted that the destruction of ISIL will be done "incrementally."