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Jesus M. Arrieta
University of Texas at El Paso
October 12, 2014

The current uprising of the terrorist group known as ISIS has sprung up a lot of
controversy. The United Stated has become aware of their presence and has responded with
countless actions to try and eliminate them. President Obama himself addressed the United
Nations as to what he would do to stop them. There is also a bit of discussion as to where
Obama’s plans have gotten him and where he now stands.
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The Obama administration followed up the preview of its new foreign fighter
proposal with airstrikes inside Syria, including hitting a second group – the
Khorasan terrorists who Central Command stated are also actively plotting against
Americans. President Obama is not breaking any laws but merely working his way
around them. The U.N. body that already tracks Al Qaeda will be used to track
militants under the expanded definition, which applies to any individual who is
traveling for terrorist acts, regardless of whether the individual is joining a
named terrorist group that has been acknowledged by the U.N.
Dwyer, D. (2014, September 17). 5 Myths About Obama’s ISIS Plan Debunked. Retrieved
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The sanctions committee is made up of all fifteen members of the Security Council
and must approve all listings by consensus before an individual or entity is added.
The U.N. Security Council will be explaining who the enemy is, but beyond
that, implementation will depend largely on individual members, just as it does now.
President Obama’s plan is lettered with words more of encouragement than
compulsion, like ―... calls upon all member states, in accordance with their
obligations under international law, to cooperate in efforts to address the threat
posed by foreign terrorist fighters…preventing financial support to foreign terrorist
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In recent discussions over the ISIS terrorists group there has been an agreement that
President Obama’s plans to stop ISIS are not working. During his address to the
nation regarding ISIS President Obama said nothing about homeland defense and
the safety of those in Syria. He only proposed that he will be generating a few
airstrikes in attempts to stop them. Assuming that would be his plan he closed his
address. Since then Isis fighters have pushed to the edge of Kobain and have evaded
western strikes.
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Air strikes have not stopped the advancement of ISIS in Syria. ISIS is closing in the
key city on the Turkish border, this has sprung numerous questions as to if the
strategy the U.S. is using really working. Almost two weeks after the Pentagon
extended its aerial campaign from Iraq to neighboring Syria in an attempt to take on
ISIS militants in their desert safe havens, Kurdish allies have stated that the
bombing campaign was having very little impact in driving ISIS back. ISIS units
have edged to within two kilometers of the center of Kobari.
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The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes on Islamic State group targets
in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war
has given the brutal militant group a safe haven. Using a mixture of manned aircraft
- fighter jets and bombers - plus Tomahawk cruise missiles, the strikes were part of
the expanded military campaign that President Barack Obama authorized nearly two
weeks ago in attempts to destroy the Islamic State militants, who have slaughtered
thousands of people, beheaded Westerners - including two American journalists -
and captured large swaths of Syria and northern and western Iraq.
Crowley, M. (2014, October 10). Crisis in Syrian City Exposes Fissure in Obama’s Anti-
ISIS Coalition. TIMES. Retrieved October 10, 2014, from
In Geneva, Switzerland on Friday, the U.N.’s special representative for Syria,
Staffan de Mistura, told reporters that, despite days of U.S.-led air strikes in the
area, fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria have surrounded the
Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. Mistura estimated that some 700 residents remain
in the town—most of them elderly and unable to flee like tens of thousands of other
local residents already have.
Activists say Kurds halt ISIS advance in Kobani as bombing in Iraq kills 58. (2014,
October 12). Retrieved October 12, 2014.
Islamic State members are taking responsibility for a triple suicide bombing that
injured and killed at least 58 people in Iraq Sunday, as activists say Kurdish fighters
have been able to sustain the advancement of the extremist group in the Syrian
border town of Kobani. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
told the Associated Press the Islamic State militants, also known as ISIS or ISIL,
has not been able to advance in Kobani since Friday but is sending in
More U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIS Outside Besieged Kobani. (2014, October 12). Retrieved
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U.S. bombers issued out nine more airstrikes against ISIS in Syria
Wednesday, as part of a strategy designed to slow down the Islamist terror
organization that is threatening to overrun a city near the Turkish border. These
recent airstrikes have destroyed buildings used by the fighters, a tank, a heavy
machine gun and four groups of fighters in the south and north of Kobani. American
attack aircraft s have launched fourteen airstrikes in the last twenty-four hours
against ISIS fighters outside Kobani in attempts to support Kurdish fighters trying
to beat back Islamist fighters attacking the town.