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pallidin

Can ISIS/ISIL be stopped?

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toyomotor

We know that Iran is doing some things, mostly providing arms and have given military asisstance to the Iraqi army and the Kurds Peshmerga forces but besides that, it just seems that Turkey and Saudi Arabia are crossing their fingers that ISIL does not drag them into this black hole.

US allies such as Australia and Britain have shown a certain degree of openness with regards to assisting the Obama Administration militarily. But it appears that Obama did not request such assistance at this point so it's unclear yet. A coalition seems to be a likely scenario though.

Technically, a massive airstrike campaign against ISIL both in Iraq and Syria could do some real damage, while the local forces on the ground strike back and retake what they've lost. So far, the focus as been to contained ISIL with limited aistrikes, to make sure the Kurds could regroup and fight back, while allowing an escape route and humanitarian aid to the people trapped and surrounded by ISIL.

I agree and we live in a world that is becoming more and more internationalized, it's very hard to turn a blind eye on this savagery.

But the more liberal Islamic countries, which, incidentally, lay in the overall path of the ISIS advance westwards, are doing and saying nothing.

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pallidin

From ACDC... "Thunderstruck"

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Mr.United_Nations

But the more liberal Islamic countries, which, incidentally, lay in the overall path of the ISIS advance westwards, are doing and saying nothing.

Because Saudi Arabia is Shaira Law

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NewAge1

But the more liberal Islamic countries, which, incidentally, lay in the overall path of the ISIS advance westwards, are doing and saying nothing.

I would have thought that Turkey as a NATO member could have done a lot more. It seems that they are held hostages by ISIL. Indeed the terrorists have 49 Turkish hostages, including a Consulate General, diplomats, police officers and children. The governement imposed a ban for the Turkish media on reportings about this issue

I think the governement there is handling the whole situation very badly but it seems that if further military action is undertaken by the US and it's allies, Turkey, as a geostrategic position will have no choice but to cooperate in some way.

A very good article about the situation of Turkey's reluctance can be found here: http://www.al-monito...e-erdogan.html#

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RoofGardener

Something like 99% of Turkey's citizens are Sunni Muslims, the same creed as the Islamic State. A similar (though perhaps slightly smaller) percentage exists in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Their governments don't want to act against IS, because they fear an uprising of support for IS within their own populations, followed by civil war.

It's worth bearing in mind that there are a lot of similarities between Mohamed's own actions in forming the first caliphate, and those of the Islamic State. I suspect this is fascinating a lot of Sunni's in the Peninsula. The various mass executions, beheadings, and general genocide are all approved methods from the Koran itself (when commited against non-muslims), so whilst they may shock "The West", they may not have such a profound effect on people living in the region.... providing they are on IS's 'side' of the religious divide.

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