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Obama Set to Visit the Pentagon after Two months of Airstrikes against ISIS

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, two months will have passed since the US airstrikes began in Iraq against IS jihadis. More than 260 strikes have been launched in the past two months and the attacks have increased since September 23.

Obama Visits PentagonAccording to several sources, President Obama will be visiting the Pentagon on Wednesday to receive an update on the military campaign of the US led coalition force against the ISIS. The President is also scheduled to meet the National Security Council and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs. In a recent attempt to curb the militants, the US led coalition forces have stepped up the airstrikes in and around Kobane. However, it is still uncertain if it will be enough to stop the progress of the jihadis.

It has been reported that Washington is concerned with the reluctance of Turkey to engage the jihadis of Islamic State in Kobane. “There’s growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre less than a mile from is border,” an unnamed senior administration official was quoted as saying.

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has spoken to Ahmet Davutoglu twice regarding Turkey’s reluctance to take part in the military operations, according to State Department representative Jen Psaki .

“Turkey is determining what larger role they will play going forward and that conversation is ongoing,” Psaki said. “They have indicated their openness to doing that, so there is an active conversation about that.”

According to reports by several officials stationed in the area, the jihadis of the Islamic State are close to taking control of the town of Kobane from the defending Kurdish People’s protection Units.

NATO“After all the fulminating about Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe, [Turkey is] inventing reasons not to act to avoid another catastrophe,” the official said. “This isn’t how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s through from their border.”

On the other hand, Canadian Parliament passed a motion last Tuesday to authorize Air strikes in Iraq for the next six months following a request from the United States. However, the military aid from Canada will not contain any ground troops for combat operations. The mission will be known to include six CF – 18 jet airplanes, 2 surveillance planes, a refueling aircraft and 1 airlift aircraft. The mission will include 600 military personnel.

MPs Debate The Combat Role of UK In Iraq

In a recent happening, the Conservatives offered additional aid for the battle against IS militants on Monday. Foreign Affairs Minister of the UK, John Baird, has pledged to provide a support of $10 million for treatment and services to Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have been victims of the war. Moreover, Baird also made an announcement regarding the joint UK Canada mission for assessment of Iraqi victims and what can be done to provide them solace in the present times.

The NDP leader, Tom Mulcair on the other hand has taken active steps to the Iraqi motion of the government. The biggest amendment in the NDP is to block the Canadian troops from attacking any part of Iraq. In addition, it has also prevented the transportation of weapons for three months but requires permission from the House before extending the mission.

Although, the Conservatives argued that it was impossible to curtail the IS militants without attacking the members, the NDP argued for humanitarian aid and the Liberals argued on the absence of a detailed plan as to what will happen and what still needs to be done.

According to latest reports, Baird has been calling upon the Members of the Parliament to treat the issues seriously, but also made some remarks about the standings of the Liberal Party.

“My Canada protects the vulnerable. It challenges the aggressor. My Canada doesn’t leave all the heavy lifting to others,” Baird said. “There was a time when the Liberal Party believed in that.”

On the other hand Marc Garneu, foreign Affairs critic, has said that there is not much room for Canadian forces to join the combat mission against IS in Iraq. “The prime minister is taking us across the Rubicon by deciding on a combat mission,” Garneau said. “Once a country makes that decision, there is no turning back the clock…. It is no simple matter to cross back over, and we all know this conflict is likely to last a long time.​”

According to multiple sources, up until last Friday the contributions of the Canadian forces included six CF 18 jets, two Aurora Surveillance planes and one heavy lift plane. The Canadian troop will contain 600 personnel, and the mission will continue over Iraq, unless the Canadian troops have access to Syrian grounds to bomb IS territory.  However, the Canadian deployment will be limited to a period of six months only.