French forces have now joined the bombing campaign by the International Coalition against the Islamic State(IS) in Syria. The Coalition, led by the United States(US) and including the United Kingdom(UK) and Arab Nations, has been conducting air strikes against the IS for months.
In Baghdad, Iraq, yesterday, military officials there confirmed that that country is now engaged in intelligence and security cooperation with Russia, Iran and Syria to counter the threat from the IS, Reuters reported.
The IS is not a de jure nation. Yet, if last year's figures that the extremist group had less 33,000 fighters is true, then how is that such a small group of extremists has been able to wreck havoc upon global security and has been able to withstand months of air strikes?
Centuries of political and social rot in the Middle East perpetuated by successions of hereditary rulers has fueled, and continues to fuel the IS. Moreover, a public relations campaign crafted in fallible religious dogma and rhetoric by the IS, and targeting those many souls disenfranchised and victimized by systems such as that as Bashar al Assad in Syria, has left the IS with an ample pool of recruits, especially in lieu of a single unified western supported alternative in the Levant.
In other words, the IS exists, and it will continue to exist as long as the likes of Bashar al Assad hold power in the Middle East. Therefore, it is very difficult and almost impossible for the extremist group to be defeated under the current state of affairs in the Levant.
However, western nations could contain the IS to the Levant so that the civility and serenity of free nations cannot become disturbed by the actions of the violent extremists.