Seeds: As most of us have become aware of in recent months, ISIS has terrorized countries all around the world; the most recent attacks in Brussels and Iraq only skim the surface of their many atrocities. In response to the fear and anger in the wake of the many attacks, the United States, along with other nations affected by the attacks, has conducted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the last few months.
Core: Officials at the Pentagon have said that ISIS’s finance minister, and second-in-command, Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli was recently killed in US airstrikes. He was one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. The United States Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, told reporters that this was the second significant ISIS leader killed by the US in the last month.
Skin: In the media, negatives nearly always outshine the positives. While there has been a considerable amount of progress in the past few months with respect to fighting these terrorist organizations, this progress is often given little to no coverage in the news. This has partially contributed to the sense of fear felt by many Americans who are not satisfied with the action being taken by the government.
Leaves: The American military has conducted thousands of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria and it is likely that this will remain their primary tactic to take out terrorist organizations in the Middle East. President Obama recently stated that defeating ISIS is a top priority, and that the United States will “continue to go after ISIL aggressively until it's removed from Syria, and from Iraq, and finally destroyed.”
Food For Thought: Are you satisfied with the way the President is handling ISIS/ISIL? DO you think there is something different to be done to stop the recruitment, not just the current members?
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