France military made what is believed to be the beginning of a new era in fighting Islamic State by the west. They launched their first air strikes in Iraq where they destroyed most of the group’s ammunition and killed many members of the group. These airstrikes are part of a strategy by the west to destabilize the group which has been keen to sponsor terrorist operations in Iraq and Syria. ISIS have taken control of a third of Iraq and are actively involved in Syria where they have made efforts by the West to defeat Assad difficult.
According to France’s president, Francois Hollande, the jet strikes hit an important military depot of the group which supplies the group with ammunition. He promised that his military group would not relent in his quest for a better Iraq and a better world.
However, this is just the beginning to the militant group that has stated categorically that they will respond in a way that France will regret.
The French military action comes soon after the United States army led serious strikes in the Northern part of Iraq where they destabilized the organization. The French military will not use any ground military forces. Instead, they will use air strikes to destabilize the group.
Previously, the United States government stated that Obama was reviewing the targets to determine the right time to attack the group. Last week, Obama’s men made a breakthrough when they attacked Somalia and killed the leader of the militant group Al-Shabaab which has been a pain in the neck for Africans and Americans. This came a week before the commemoration of the terrible Westgate attack in Kenya where many people including Americans were killed.
Many are waiting to see what Obama will do after he carefully reviews the strategies that have been set by the intelligence officials. These officials have taken months to provide clear maps on where to go and strike.
In a statement on Thursday, the intelligence said that they had already done their part and only waiting for the words from the head of state. The head of state is expected to study the documents prepared and provide a clear course of action.
Islamic State is being battled by the Iraq government, the West and the militant group, Shi’ite. Major entries to the situation are not yet to be achieved.
The Islamic State has however been blind to the current developments. In Nineveh, they have created a police wing to help patrol the streets and guard their territory.
In Syria, the ongoing war seems not over. Many people from Syria have migrated from their country to the neighbouring country Turkey. More than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of them displaced be the violence.
The president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region called on international community not to relent its efforts for a better Iraq. He called on the community to strike as soon as possible rather than wait for a war that may take years to end.
Islamic State has been the latest threat to international peace with many urging the international community to act fast.