One of the biggest issues the Obama administration had to deal with throughout their eight-year tenure is the threat of the Islamic State in Syria. Formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the terrorist organization has caused havoc in the Middle East. As a matter of fact, said havoc has reached a boiling point causing tens of thousands of Syrians to flee their homeland simply to find refuge from all the death and violence. Being the aggressive terrorist organization that they are, the Islamic State utilized the situation by hiding many of their insurgents within the crowds of refugees as a means for them to infiltrate other countries, especially Germany.
The big question that needs to be asked is if there is a solution to the Islamic State? The terrorist organization has been in power for way too long, and we are seeing the devastating results of their terror every single day. Apparently, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden actually suggested a “military solution” while in Turkey.
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Joe Biden held a meeting with the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Istanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace to discuss the matter of Syria, according to Politico. It is there he made known the possible new direction for U.S. policy towards Syria. Biden said the U.S. is “neither optimistic or pessimistic,” but are “determined” to reach a political solution. However, Biden also suggested the U.S. is willing to use military force if necessary.
“We do know that it would be better if we can reach a political solution, but we are prepared — we are prepared if that’s not possible to make — to have a military solution to this operation in taking out Daesh.”
The fact Joe Biden used the insulting Arabic term for the Islamic State may be a sign that the U.S. is more willing to cooperate alongside Turkey now. For the longest time, both the U.S. and Turkey had major differences over characterizing which militant groups were terrorists. This recent meeting seemed to find common ground.
In a follow-up by Yahoo! News, a dedicated U.S. official made sure to clarify anything Joe Biden said during the meeting. For starters, the military solution he was talking about was pointed only towards the Islamic State and not Syria as a whole. This might mean said military solution will be executed with precision compared to previous assaults, which not only harmed the Islamic State, but innocent Syrian victims.
Other discussions Joe Biden talked about with Ahmet Davutoglu and Recep Tayyip Erdogan included how else the U.S. and Turkey could support Sunni Arab rebel forces fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. Prior to new discussions, the U.S. had sent dozens of special forces solider to help the rebel forces, though they aren’t partaking in any battles on the front line.
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