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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