Who’s really dropping the bombs on Islamic State?

September 25, 2014

Yesterday’s beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel by an Algerian group prompted France to consider an expanded role in the anti-Islamic State air strikes that began this week.

The Arab League, the European Union and NATO all back action against the group, and the U.S.-led coalition boasts over 50 member states, but who is really doing the heavy lifting?

As this Reuters map shows, a couple of the usual suspects — the U.S. and France — carried out Tuesday’s initial attacks. But in an expression of just how broadly dislike for the Islamic State extends, they were joined or supported by a number of Sunni-majority countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Even with Australia, England and Turkey on the cusp of involvement, the difference between the articulated coalition and those actually participating is sizable.



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Was this written by a schoolboy or someone with no real idea of reporting or geography?? “a couple of the usual suspects” is a very negative comment aimed at disparaging the coalition. England is not fighting,it is the U.K. or Great Britain. In total this piece taught us nothing except this so-called writer-reporter can do neither very well!

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This article is based on a false premise.

Airstrikes are not the only way to demonstrate tangible support for the coalition, not even militarily. Canada has troops on the ground in Iraq, Unfortunately, we Canadians have only the vaguest idea what they’re doing (training Iraqi troops apparently) and in what number (possibly a few thousand?), nevermind other details, because our government flat-out refuses to divukge details, even under direct questioning in parliament.

For Americans bemoaning the state of their politics and governmental openness, watch this clip. Canadians have it much, much worse.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tempers- flare-in-the-house-over-iraq-mission-non -answers-1.2775543

Posted by DaveHammer | Report as abusive