International community responds to ISIS


In wake of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 129 people, France and many other countries have tightened national security measures and have joined the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS.

After the Paris attacks, President Francois Hollande promised to keep the citizens of France safe. In an effort to fulfill Hollande’s promise, the French Parliament declared a state of emergency.

According to the Huffington Post, the state of emergency gives the French police more power to carry out searches and arrests.  Also, it allows the government to stop the movement of specific people and bans public demonstrations and protests. The government may also impose curfews and shutdown public places.

Hollande also announced that France would do everything it could to eradicate ISIS. “Terrorism will not destroy France, because France will destroy it,” Hollande said.

France and Russia are the most recent additions to the coalition of 65 countries, along with other major world powers such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.  

In an international effort to fight ISIS, more than 65 countries have joined the U.S.-led coalition. each country that is a member of the coalition is shown in blue.
In an international effort to fight ISIS, more than 65 countries have joined the U.S.-led coalition. each country that is a member of the coalition is shown in blue.

The coalition trains and funds Kurdish troops, who are fighting ISIS in Syria and in Iraq. It’s also providing financial assistance to the Iraqi government in its attempts to fight ISIS, yet no U.S. ground troops have been deployed. U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that no troops will be deployed in efforts against ISIS.

The coalition has five main goals: to provide military support to those on the ground fighting ISIS, to prevent more foreign fighters from joining ISIS, to stop ISIS’s ability to finance, to aid humanitarian operations in the region, and finally, to expose ISIS’s true nature.

The majority of the coalition’s efforts are conducted through air-raids. As of Nov. 7, the U.S. has conducted almost 150 airstrikes, about 80 percent of all the airstrikes conducted against ISIS.

Many countries have also donated weapons and artillery to the Kurdish fighters. Germany alone has donated enough weaponry to supply 4,000 Kurdish fighters.

According to CNN, countries, like Turkey, have prevented thousands of foreign fighters from joining ISIS through deportation  or denying entry into the country.

Other countries like Australia have passed legislation which allows them to forbid travel to certain countries, cancel passports, and increase surveillance of citizens in efforts to prevent their citizens from joining ISIS.

Many countries have provided financial assistance to humanitarian efforts in the region. For example, Saudi Arabia donated $500 million to U.N. humanitarian efforts, and Turkey has donated $1.9 million worth of supplies to the U.N. as well.

With the assistance of the coalition, Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama are confident that the U.S. will be able to defeat ISIS.

“Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy [ISIS],” Obama said.

Grace Mottley is a News Editor for the Patriot and