When Mosul is saved, the international coalition should focus on the last entrenchment of ISIS, Raqqa in Syria.
One week ago, the Iraqi strengths of elite launched Mosul’s battle against the Islamic State’s. Around 30,000 troops comprising Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga, Sunni and Shia militias, international advisers are taking part in the multi-pronged Mosul offensive. Moreover, Iraqi forces can count of the international coalition’s support, composed of sixty countries including USA, France and Canada. Every day, ISIS lose a lot of ground and dozens of villages around the Iraq’s city. The coalition starts thinking about the next step after having recovered Mosul.
Tuesday, the coalition’s key members met in Paris. They decided to aim Raqqa, in Syria, to prevent jihadists from gathering in their capital when they lose Mosul. “We must ensure that ISIS be destroyed and eradicated everywhere”, warned François Hollande in this meeting. Aware of the stakes represented by the Syrian City, USA’s Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said : “We will try to set up a strike force to Raqqa.”
The operation overlap with the offensive in Mosul and will take place without Russia, which intervenes militarily against the terrorist organization alongside the Syrian forces, in answer to the official invitation of President Bashar al-Assad.
Mathéo Geslan, IEJ 3F