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Despite the setback in Palmyra in a magazine interview, President Obama insisted that US was not losing the war with the IS militants, also known as ISIL. Marie Harf is the spokeswomen for the State Department. “We havent faced a strategy that, we believe, is the right one to eventually achieve our goals and in Iraq, for example, we talked a lot about Ramadi and this Syrian setback. We have had success in helping the Iraqis push ISIL out of a lot of its territory. And in a long conflict phase, there will be days like we saw on Ramadi, there will be ebbs and flows.”

Key Phrases/Words

1. setback n. 挫折, 退步, 阻碍, 逆流

2. ebbs and flows 潮起潮落,起起落落