CAIRO: Militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) currently faces several US airstrikes, which affect the group’s progress and eradication inside Iraq, Iraqi Political Analyst Alaa Hadad told The Cairo Post Thursday.
More than 15 airstrikes focused on ISIS positions to protect citizens as well as aid humanitarian missions that are being carried out by the U.S. army, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of State.
“U.S. airstrikes are limited and they only aim to impede ISIS expansion inside Iraq,” Hadad said.
He asserted that ISIS actually welcomes U.S. ground intervention inside Iraq; presence of Iraqi troops in Iraq could be a target for the militant group, whereas they will use the notion that ISIS is now fighting “heretics”.
However, Hadad noted that the Obama administration wouldn’t intervene on ground in Iraq as the U.S. is not ready to lose more soldiers and “it will just provide help to the Iraqi army to fight ISIS.”
He confirmed that Peshmerge forces receive limited support from the Iraqi army, and that they now depend on military aid from the U.S., France and Italy.
ISIS is one of the jihadist groups that have seized control over parts in Syria and Iraq after it was formed in April 2013, branching out of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
It has since been disavowed by al-Qaeda, but has become one of the main jihadist groups fighting government forces in Syria and Iraq.
Its precise size is unclear but it is thought to include thousands of fighters, including many foreign jihadists, according to BBC.
ISIS achieved great military success in March 2013 when it took the city of Raqqa and made it the first provincial capital.
ISIS exploited the already existent disputes between Iraq’s Sunni minority and the Shia-led government to take control of the predominantly Sunni city of Fallujah, according to Sky news.
It also seized large sections of the provincial capital, Ramadi, and is present in a number of towns near the Turkish and Syrian borders.
The conquest of Mosul was a hard shock to the world as Mosul is the second biggest city in Iraq; this conquest posed a threat to the region, as Mosul can make ISIS the richest militant group in the region.
ISIS gained a reputation of brutal treatment to all of its opponents, videos have been published on the internet showing the slaughtering of members of the Iraqi & Syrian armies at the hands of ISIS members, according to The New York Times.
ISIS persecution against the Yazidi minority in Kurdistan appeared when the former’s militants killed at least 500 members of the Iraqi minority, burying some alive and taking hundreds of women as slaves.
The Political crisis of Iraqi Government
Earlier on Monday, Iraqi President Fouad Massoum picked Haider al-Abadias prime minister-designate, and asked him to form a new government.
Now-previous prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki called the naming of his successor illegal, and said the United States is standing “on the side of violating the constitution,” according to BBC.
This political showdown comes less than a week after Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes to help battle fighters of the militant Islamic State in northern Iraq. In the days since, Obama has repeatedly urged Iraqi lawmakers to form a new government as soon as possible.
U.S. air strikes resulted in killing tens of ISIS’s fighters which is expected to affect ISIS’s fighting ability, U.S. administration began introducing support in different forms to Yazidi people who fled to the Singar mountain to escape ISIS fighters. The U.S. provided them with safe passage and nutritional aid, according to Reuters.