Some are calling it World War III, and what an unusual pack of allies there are. In addition to the Western coalition, thirty four Islamic nations have joined the fight against ISIS.
They’ve even managed to get France to fight a war.
Obama may be blocking 75% of all airstrikes against ISIS, but this is more than offset by other nations fighting the so called State. The rise and expansion of ISIS happened in the blink of an eye, but as the year is draws to an end, we finally have some good news in the fight against ISIS.
As Al Jazeera reported, the Caliphate is finally beginning to shrink:
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has lost about 14 percent of its territory in 2015, while Syria’s Kurds have almost tripled theirs, think-tank IHS Jane’s has said.
IHS Jane’s said the group’s territory had shrunk 12,800 square kilometres to 78,000 square kilometres between the start of the year and December 14.
“We had already seen a negative financial impact on the Islamic State [ISIL] due to the loss of control of the Tal Abyad border crossing prior to the recent intensification of air strikes against the group’s oil production capacity,” said Columb Strack, senior Middle East analyst with the US think-tank.
However, ISIL has made some high-profile gains during the year, including the historic Syrian town of Palmyra and the city centre of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province
Land under Syrian Kurdish control jumped 186 percent over the year, the intelligence review said.
“This indicates that the Islamic State [ISIL] was overstretched, and also that holding Kurdish territory is considered to be of lesser importance than expelling the Syrian and Iraqi governments from traditionally Sunni lands,” Strack said.
We’re making progress in the fight against ISIS. Imagine the good news we’ll be reporting once Obama is out of the White House and we can fight them for real.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]