By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security
The American military presence in Iraq has been busy helping to unify and amplify forces against the Islamic State in Iraq. Successful runs have prevented a massacre of tens of thousands of Yazidi on Mount Sinjar, the Kurdish capital city Irbil from falling to siege and retaking the Mosul Dam from Islamic State control.
Today, the U.S. helps the Iraqi military, Shiite militias and the Kurds retake the northern village of Amirli. About 12,000 to 15,000 residents were rescued from the Islamic State which had been besieged since mid-July
British, French and Australian aircraft helped delivery humanitarian aid.
U.S. airstrikes in Iraq began on August 8 as a matter of increasing humanitarian concern after delivering aid to the Yazidi and after the success and brutality of Islamic State.
The President has begun surveillance and is considering airstrikes in Syria as well. At least 120 targets have been bombed by American airpower with the military cost is priced at $560 million so far.
Getting the region to target the Islamic State has only just begun—even Saudi Arabia and Iran will meet over the issue. The Islamic State is the enemy to the whole world.
Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Australia plan to arm the Kurds directly in their fight against the Islamic State.
Italian intelligence cites a plot by ISIS to kill the Pope.
Britain is considering conducting joint air support with the U.S. They have also raised their domestic terror threat level for an expected terrorist attack from Syrian British citizens fighting for the Islamic State. They may soon initiate regional travel bans. They have identified the main threat as “Islamic extremism” specifically.
Australia ready to join the fight with the U.S. as asked.
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