The terrorist group ISIS (ISIL), or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has caused international outrage over the past few months. Their goal is convert everyone to their version of extremist Islam, and to take over parts of the Middle East in order to make their fantasy real. In their brutal quest to convert the entire world to their extremist version of Islam, they have slaughtered several prisoners from around the globe, in order to place themselves as a threatening terrorist group that is not afraid to commit atrocious deeds. Their most recent atrocity was the live burning of 27 year old Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh. This caused outrage in Jordan, and, in a movement lead by al-Kasasbeh’s father, an outcry for justice through Jordanian airstrikes. The King of Jordan and the rest of the government responded to this outrage immediately, and began sending airstrikes in early February. These airstrikes have been so far reported successful, and Jordan has kept its word in the fight against ISIS.
How does this recent occurrence affect the United States? It means one more ally in the fight against ISIS. Though many experts are unsure if Jordan’s resolve will continue on into the future, we know this: that they haven’t given up yet. In collaboration with the United States government and the United Nations, many countries, such as Jordan and the United Kingdom, have been working together in order to defeat ISIS. However, many world leaders are now realizing that airstrikes alone will not slow the group. They must eventually resort to ground warfare. Many nations, including the US, are not willing to risk their soldiers, nor are they willing to invest the money in having a full-scale war. The war against the terrorist group is predicted to last for at least another year, and most think many years after that.
Article written by Eleni Fafoutis