Wednesday, 24 September 2014

US strikes IS forces in Syria, will continue

The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) launches
Tomahawk cruise missiles on September 23, 2014 in the Red Sea.
Anonymous US officials said Sept. 23 that the United States will continue its airstrike campaign in Syria...On Sept. 22, the United States led an Arab air force coalition against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria...The operation reportedly killed at least 70 Islamic State militants...Syrian President Bashar al Assad said Sept. 23 his regime supports any efforts against "terrorism"...Assad's remarks were made at a meeting with the Iraqi national security advisor in Damascus...Syria's main Kurdish political group, the Democratic Union Party, also released a statement welcoming the airstrikes...The party also called for the United States to coordinate with them to combat the militant group...Turkey will authorise its army to conduct cross-border operations into Syria, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said...The authorisation will allow the army to begin operations if it feels they are necessary...US airstrikes on IS militants occur as more than 2000 US advisers and special forces continue to operate in eastern Syria and northern Iraq...Mr Obama has stated no US "ground troops" will be deployed to Iraq, however the number of US forces in the country could reach 5000 by the end of the year...Airstrikes against IS will not defeat the group either kinetically or ideologically, but airpower is the the form of warfare most suited to the US military...IS have a huge vulnerability - far different from al Qaeda - as they admit almost anyone to join their forces...Because of this, Western intelligence are already showing promising signs of deep penetration of IS with multiple foiled terror attacks and severe disruption of command and control networks...IS forces are expected to be depleted substantially but not defeated...US airstrikes will also allow Iraqi troops to reconsolidate northern Iraq to defend against possible IS counterstrikes.

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