Obama Enlists 9 Allies to Help in the Battle Against ISIS – Helene Cooper
(dailyalert.org, Sept. 8, 2014)
President Obama recruited at least nine allies on Friday to help crush the marauding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Diplomats and defense officials from the U.S., Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark huddled to devise a two-pronged strategy: strengthening allies on the ground in Iraq and Syria, while bombing Sunni militants from the air.
“There is no containment policy for ISIL [ISIS],” Secretary of State John Kerry said. “They’re an ambitious, avowed, genocidal, territorial-grabbing, caliphate-desiring quasi-state with an irregular army, and leaving them in some capacity intact anywhere would leave a cancer in place that will ultimately come back to haunt us.” Enlisting support from Sunni populations in Syria and Iraq is crucial, experts said, because airstrikes alone will not suffice. (New York Times)
See also Arab League to Back Iraqi-U.S. Campaign Against Islamic State – Lin Noueihed and Omar Fahmy
Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Sunday are backing Iraqi and U.S. efforts to confront Islamic State insurgents who have declared a caliphate, diplomats said. (Reuters)
See also Sunni Tribes Join Iraqi Forces in Battle Backed by U.S. Airstrikes – Matt Bradley
Sunni tribes joined forces with Iraq’s Shiite-dominated military, backed by U.S. airstrikes, in a coordinated assault on Islamic State militants around Haditha, where a strategic dam is located, teaming up on Sunday for the first time since American airstrikes began a month ago. (Wall Street Journal)