Will U.S. military air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq and potentially Syria help end the reign of this terror group in the Middle East?
After the high profile beheading of three westerners, including Americans, by ISIL, the United States president, Barack Obama, has decided to carry out airstrikes against the Sunni Muslim terror group. ISIL has violently taken over swaths of land in both Iraq and Syria. The president deemed ISIL as a threat to U.S. He stated, “So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East — including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region — including to the United States.” For this reason, the U.S. military is currently reengaging militarily in the Middle East. Is this justified? Will military action serve to help defeat these and other extremists in the region? Or, will it foment even more animosity towards the United States and its Western allies?
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