US commander: Islamic State may be reverting to its ‘roots’ 
This image made from undated video posted during the weekend of June 28, 2014 on a social media account frequently used for communications by the Islamic State of Iraq - AP

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany:  The top U.S. commander for the Middle East says a series of deadly attacks by Islamic State operatives in and around Baghdad may be a sign that the militants are “reverting to their roots” as a terrorist organization.

The head of U.S. Central Command, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, says this does not mean IS has given up its ambition to create a so-called caliphate. But he says it marks a new turn in tactics aimed at diverting attention from the group’s recent battlefield losses.

Votel spoke to reporters Wednesday while his military aircraft was being refueled at Ramstein for his flight to the Middle East.

Votel says he sees reason for “a little concern” about political paralysis that has gripped the Iraq government in recent weeks.


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