Obama Says America Will Lead Fight Against ISIS

As the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (also known as the Islamic State and ISIL) continues to grow in strength and cause havoc in the Middle East, Barack Obama has told both troops and the alliance of 40 countries that America will be leading the fight in the right way. Even though there are 40 other countries and the government has said that no ground troops will be deployed (other than advisors), the US is still in a position to deal a forceful blow through air strikes and potential naval bombardments. These¬†actions,¬†coupled with supplying local allies with equipment, technology, and information, will allow US forces to damage ISIS capabilities while letting our allies on the ground take back the territory that has been lost to the extremists. It seems as though we have learned from our costly and unpopular mistakes from the past. Iraq and Afghanistan were horribly mismanaged and now the country is war-weary and wary of entering another foreign conflict that doesn’t directly affect the American people.

There are many differences between previous attempts at fighting extremist insurgencies and this current one. One of the major differences is the level of support that the US and it’s western allies are going to receive from Arab states, who have far more to lose if IS continues along it’s current path. These Arab allies, especially the Iraqi and Kurdish forces, will be doing most of the heavy lifting on the ground while the US and it’s western allies provide information, arms, and air support. With the US, the UK and France already striking at IS by air, hopefully it will only be a matter of time before our allies on the ground are able to take back all of the lost ground and break the back of this vile group forever.

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Airstrike to Continue Against IS in Iraq.

There’s no denying that the Islamic State (IS) has shocked most, if not all, of the world with both it’s meteoric rise to power and it’s brutal executions of captured civilians and reporters. IS had, until very recently, enjoyed an almost unchecked expansion across Iraq and only faced opposition from a poorly-supplied Kurdish Peshmerga that fought hard but couldn’t compete with the weaponry of the extremists. It seemed as though with IS taking the Mosul dam that all seemed lost in Iraq and that IS would never be defeated. That is until the US and other western allies agreed to supply the Kurds with weapons and training and the US began launching airstrikes against IS targets.

Now, with the Mosul dam retaken by Kurdish and Iraqi troops supported by airstrikes, the US is going to continue it’s air campaign against the extremists. Since August there have been at least 84 airstrikes around Iraq, of which over half were in support of our allies fighting on the ground. With the Kurds and Iraqis resupplied and with momentum gaining, hopefully the continued air support will allow local forces to take territory back from IS and insert some sort of stability to the region. While the airstrikes and arming of the Kurds won’t lead to any sort of lasting stability or peace, that will take a serious political effort and a move away from the steady disenfranchisement of minorities in Iraq, these are the first steps towards eliminating the threat that IS poses to both the Middle East and the world.

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