International Coalition vs Islamic State: Part 1

21st January 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

This public document is the first section of a three part series provided by OSC analysing 1) the coalition efforts against Baghdadi’s Islamic state, 2) the regional security implications of the conflict and 3) the potential hazard facing aid agencies operating in various parts of the MENA region. The purpose behind this design is to inform practitioners and stakeholders of the current security status of the region and allow them to contemplate the possibilities for the future of IS in the region.

In light of the recent international coalition that has been formed to tackle the presence of a menacing Islamic State [IS] in Syria and Iraq it is important to begin with a statistical/visual update with regards to the number of airstrikes that have taken place since August 2014 until the present day in addition to the current status on the ground.

The capabilities of the current international coalition far surpass that of the Islamic State3 . Overall, the US and its Arab allies have engaged in air-strikes in Syria whilst the UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Australia have all conducted analogous attacks in Iraq. With Arab, European, North American and Australian forces deployed it is virtually the “world vs IS” (with exception of South America and major Asian powers). This also accounts for numerous countries that have actively participated but have highlighted their support to the anti – IS coalition.

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