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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