The ISIS Breakdown

Kevin Lam, Reporter

ISIS, also known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State (IS), aimed at creating an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria. Led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was detained for four years in Camp Bucca, a U.S.-run prison in southern Iraq and released in 2009. He is known for killing dozens of people at a time and carrying out public executions, crucifixions and other acts. ISIS has taken over large swaths of northern and western Iraq.

On August 8, 2014, two U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters bombed the artillery of Sunni Islamic extremists in Iraq. President Barack Obama has authorized “targeted airstrikes” if needed to protect U.S. personnel from fighters in ISIS. The U.S. military also could use airstrikes to prevent what officials warn could be a genocide of minority groups by the ISIS fighters.

On August 19, 2014, ISIS released a video on YouTube. American journalist James Foley, who was abducted while on a reporting trip in northern Syria in November 2012, was decapitated. Not even a month later, on September 2, 2014, ISIS released another video, showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, another American journalist who was being held in captive while working on his last story before his departure in Syria, to return home and attend graduate school.

September 13, 2014,  ISIS militants posted a video on a website associated with the group, showing the apparent execution of British aid worker David Haines. This made him the third Western captive to be killed by the Islamist extremist group in recent weeks. ISIS directed a statement at British Prime Minister David Cameron, threatening more destruction if the Britain continues its “evil alliance with America.”

On 23 September, 2014, U.S. airstrikes hit ISIS inside Syria for first time. Raising U.S. involvement in the war-torn country and sending a forceful message to the terror group. At least 20 targets in an around Raqqa were hit, the opposition group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, said Thursday that President Barack Obama has made clear “there are no American military solutions to the problems in Iraq. We can’t solve these problems for them. These problems can only be solved with Iraqi political solutions.”

So, when will the Middle East ends its perpetual crisis ?  How long will we be trying to solve its problems with bombs?