ISIS hit with fresh airstrikes by U.S.-led coalition in Syria

ISIS, or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, is a violent terroristic organization that aims to reunite the Sunni Muslims and to claim land in the Middle East for them. The group is characterized with its violence against innocent, its numerous resources that are supported by ISIS’ international business relations, and its jihadists’ plans to attack countries because of their different religious beliefs. The group is infamous for its public executions of people who do not follow their views. That behavior led to the organization of countries fighting against the authorities of the ISIS organization.

CBC News reports that the U.S. coalition warplanes struck ISIS planes over Kobani, a Syrian Kurdish town near the Turkish border. On Friday three other countries decided to join the U.S.-led coalition to organize air strike against ISIS. The new members are Britain, Belgium, and Denmark. The conflict send waves of refugees across the Turkish border. The U.S.-led coalition has managed to organize airstrikes against ISIS, inspired after American journalists and a British aid worker were publicly beheaded along with the terrorization of other minorities. The strikes “came amid heavy fighting between the Islamic State group and members of the Kurdish force known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPK” according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Turkey news agencies, like Dogan, report that many Syrians fled Syria due to the violence happening in their country. Some Turkish citizens also claim that sounds of explosions could be heard over the border. The news about ISIS casts a discouraging shadow to many as a result of Friday’s ISIS successful attacks at Kobani, an area inhabited by Kurdish forces considered to be able to withstand the attacks of the ISIS. The Observatory said that the air strikes were noticed within the city and also in an area that contained a silo. According to Max Blumefeld, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command, to ensure the safety of the civilians, the American coalition against ISIS strictly prohibits the targeting of food places and areas that could potentially be used for the survival of the civilians. The decision to attack the silo and other places were strategically laid so that they are unable to be used by ISIS forces.

An interdependent relationship between religion and politics could be observed within the boundaries of this article and the news that it depicts. On this account, it is striking to realize that Rousseau’s and Bellah’s views on civil religion could be observed in this religious-political situation. I am talking about Rousseau’s claim that states sharing similar religious views have agreed to unite against the common religious foe. Despite that there are also some Islamic countries involved in the U.S.-led coalition, the majority of the countries that initiated the idea are Christian based states such as the United States of America, Britain, Belgium and Denmark. The Christian religion flows within the cultural views of these countries that have decided to unite against the Sunni Muslims. Thus, one could observe a Christian influence over the politics of these countries.


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