Isabel Aruna, Online Politics Editor, considers the global rise of ISIS and their possible defeat.
ISIS’s recent searing attacks have rocked the world. It is astonishing the way the events are dominating the current political agenda. The notorious terrorist organisation has wreaked international havoc starting in the Middle East. They are responsible for suicide bombings in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and in Lebanon’s capital and largest city Beirut. Then, they have stormed Europe with twin bombing attacks in Ankara, Turkey’s capital and the late monstrous onslaught in Paris, thus in response, raging a global war.
Their late activity and bombings have reached an international platform like never before. Al-Arabiya News stated that ISIS claimed responsibility for the vicious bombing of a mosque in Kuwait on the 26th of June 2015, which caused the death of 27 people and the wounding of 227 people according to the health ministry. ISIS’s statement to the blast said the target was a “temple of the rejectionists”.
Furthermore, on 12th of November The Guardian reported that ISIS’s double suicide bombing “upended a fragile peace” which resulted in the death of 43 people and at least 239 people being wounded according to the health ministry. ISIS claimed that the aim of the attack was to “kill Shia Muslims”.
In addition to this, ISIS’s bloodbath in Paris on the 13th of November according to CNN News left 29 people dead and 352 wounded, including 99 who are in a very serious condition. ISIS declared the attack was revenge for “insulting” the prophet Muhammad. The Daily Mail writes that ISIS singled out France “because the nation ‘boasted’ about its military contribution” in the bombing campaign against ISIS’s territory in Iraq and Syria.
All these attacks highlight not only ISIS’s ruthlessness but their determination to annihilate any faith or regime that is not in line with their beliefs; they have painted the streets red with unjust killings of hundreds of innocent civilians. They are the cause behind, and still are furthering, the instability in Syria, displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, thus increasing the humanitarian aid needed there and contributing to the refugee crisis.
ISIS’s recent attack on our neighbour France has galvanised a united international front amongst various countries, in the aim to work together to eliminate ISIS. The Independent reports, “there is a combined desire to see the terrorist hate group wiped of the face of the earth”. Obama has claimed, “we will stand with the people of France”; in the UK MPs are voting this week whether to support airstrikes in Syria according to The Daily Mail.
Even Vladmir Putin the Russian leader stated that Russia is “ready to cooperate [with the US-led coalition]” and they believe it “would [be] better [to] create a single, united coalition as it would be easier, simpler and more efficient to coordinate”.
However, despite this optimism there is a growing concern that international leaders do not have a clear cut plan to eradicate ISIS. The New York Times reports, “Sixty-six percent of Americans in a new CBS News survey said the President has no clear road map for combating the Islamic State”.
Also, The Independent claims, “Cameron plans to go to war, but has not produced realistic plans for defeating the group”. This alarming news not only increases growing global unrest surrounding ISIS, but diminishes public confidence in governments successfully tackling this terrorist group.
In the wake of ISIS claiming that these attacks are just “the beginning of the storm” the world waits and wonders which country is next?