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Welcome to TIME Subscriber Q and A, with TIME's national security correspondent, Mark Thompson. He has been monitoring the stepped-up U.S. battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as well as the ricochets the growing conflict has sent back to the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill.
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deconstructive asks: In past wars and non-war conflicts, we fought countries - North Vietnam, North Korea, Germany, came close with the USSR - but now we fight non-nation movements like ISIL and Al Qaeda. How hard do you think it is for our military to adjust to this, or do you think they are coping well?