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Australia and Canada join US-led military action against ISIS

Australia and Canada are the latest additions to the countries providing military support to the American led war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Australia has deployed its warplanes for air strikes in Iraq and will also send its special forces operatives on the ground. The Australian called the efforts ‘an essentially humanitarian mission’. Australia has been providing material to the effort even before it committed to military assistance.

Canada also announced the dispatch of its warplanes for conducting air strikes and surveillance missions in the region. It already has 26 troops in Iraq serving in a non-combative capacity

Participation of other countries

The US, France and UK have already been carrying out air strikes and other military operations in the Iraq-Syria region. Germany has sent arms and paratroopers to reinforce the fighters in the Kurdish region of Iraq. The Netherlands has sent its F-16 airplanes to supplement the other planes engaged in air strikes. Other European countries like Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium etc are shipping arms and equipment to the region.

The countries which have promised to provide support or are expected to assist in the near future are Spain, Italy and New Zealand.

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Barack Obama authorised air strikes against ISIS militants in Syria

The US President, Barack Obama for the first time, authorized US air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Syria. He also asked to increase the airstrikes in Iraq. This will be the first unrestricted bombing crusade of the US against jihadist ISIS militants in Syria. As per the strategy, the airstrikes will be a organized crusade of against the group.

Obama held that the air strikes were essential counter-terrorism action to stop the ISIS group to become a threat for the US in future, thus his order doesn’t need congressional approval. ISIS militants have seized a swath territory in northern parts of Iraq and Syria.

Apart from this, the key ten Arab countries have agreed to help the US in its fight against the jihadist group, Islamic State (IS). They have assured to offer military backing and humanitarian assistance to the US to stop the flow of funds and foreign fighters to ISIS. Only, the NATO member, Turkey declined to join in the group of Arab nations that will support the US.

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John Kerry arrives in Iraq

US is trying to reach out and seek consensus of its major allies and partners for a concerted action against the growing might and territory of ISIS.
In a recent turn of events, US Secretary of State John Kerry reached Iraq to discuss further course of action in getting the world and Iraq in specific, of ISIS. He reiterated US commitment to stand by the newly formed Iraqi government to fight the brutal IS militants and help train the Iraqi soldiers. He also expressed his satisfaction over the progress made by the Iraqi government which was a must to jointly support the US against the Sunni militants.
US carried massive airstrikes last month after which the Kurdish forces were able to regain key points. Mr. Kerry silenced all doubts about the increase in number of combat troops in Iraq. He stated that US will other nations will help train and rebuild Iraqi army looking at the nature of threat which will take time to wipe out.
He also commended the Iraqis’ decision about a new national guard units that would be recruited locally and given the main responsibility for security in their home areas for which they might require some foreign assistance.
US had stated that the formation of an inclusive Iraqi government is a minimal precondition for expanded security assistance to Baghdad in its fight against the Islamic State threat which is predominantly Sunni. The new Shiite Iraqi PM Haider-al Abadi reaffirmed that all peace-loving sections are together like Shiite , Sunni and Kurdish populations to uproot the ISIS. Mr. Kerry had key meetings with Fuad Masum, Iraq’s new president, who is a Kurd himself and Salim al-Jubouri, the speaker of Parliament and a Sunni by faith.

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