Over 27 states have co-signed a document declaring their resolve to deal with the menace that is the Islamic State Group. On Monday, the leaders of countries involved in the coalition announced that there was no more time to lose in the fight against the terrorists.
Francois Hollande, French President, held a conference in Paris which was regarded by many as crucial in building the foundation of an international coalition fighting against the extremist group.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as the infidels call themselves, have shown that they are prepared to go to any lengths of cruelty to achieve their purposes. They already beheaded two American and one British hostage and now hold thousands of square kilometers of territory in both Iraq and Syria.
Fighters are reported to have reached astonishing numbers, around 30,000 as of recently.
President Obama, who has signed off on 160 airstrikes meant to stop the extremists from advancing further, has asked his international counterparts to also join in the military campaign that should degrade and exterminate ISIL.
It seems that such an effort would not only support Kurdish forces and the Iraqi army, who have been trying to hold off Islamic State fighters, but would also involve renewed airstrikes in selected territories.
Britain will be playing an essential role in this new coalition, according to Foreign Minister Phillip Hammond, although it hasn’t yet been decided what this role will be. Hammond added that the coalition will not be prevented from destroying ISIL and its demonic ideology.
The Arab League also attended the conference and their presence only showed that this new coalition involves support from not just Western Powers but also powerful Arab states.
Iraq has already removed any legal objections that would prohibit airstrikes from being carried out against ISIL positions on its territory. In fact, it has encouraged such airstrikes from any member of the coalition. Additionally, Foud Massoum, Iraqi President, has suggested that targets located in Syria should also be considered, especially now that ISIL has a headquarters in the town of Raqqa.
According to Massoum, airstrikes should continuously be carried out against ISIL so as to not allow them to form headquarters. Additionally, any financing they are receiving should be cut off.
Russia and China, members of the Security Council, have to agree to the removing of legal barriers that prevent airstrikes from being carried out by U.N. member states, and until now, both states have adamantly opposed military activity within Syria.