US, Syria to Work Together to Vaporise ISIS
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | August 26, 2014 4:00 PM EST
Syria has expressed willingness to collaborate with the United States to fight and vaporise the terror group ISIS jihadists. But it cautioned the American government that any battles targeted against the militants, including airstrikes, must be coordinated with the government.
An Islamic State militant uses announces to residents of Taqba city that Tabqa air base has fallen to his group
Walid al-Moallem, the Syrian foreign minister, maintained his government was willing and ready "to cooperate and coordinate" with any group, including the US, or even join any regional or international alliance just so the ISIS militant fighters be controlled and stopped.
However, he warned that any interested party must first seek the approval of Damascus on any planned strikes on his territory presumably alluding to the U.S. Failure to do so would be considered an aggression.
U.S. President Barack Obama earlier had approved surveillance flights over Syria following the capture of a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday by the jihadist fighters.
The authorized surveillance flights is believed by many to be an antecedent to potential airstrikes against the ISIS militants in Syria.
On Sunday, Syria's Tabqa air field fell into the hands of the radical group. The major military air base is located just 40 kilometres from Raqqa province. The capture of the facility made Raqqa province as the first to "fully fall out of government hands," Rami Abdurrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Immediately after the fall of the facility into the hands of the militants, the ISIS held celebratory gunfire. Loudspeakers in the mosques in the area were used to announce the capture of base. Reuters reported, citing witness accounts, that the fighters even displayed in the city square the severed heads of Syrian army soldiers.
U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believed Syria and the U.S. will be joined in by key allies in the region, such as Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, in stopping the madmen ISIS jihadists.
"I think ISIS has been so brutal, and has wrapped itself in a radical religious legitimacy that clearly threatens everybody I just mentioned, that I think they will be willing partners," CBC quoted Dempsey.
But a group of Syrian rebels strongly believed the planned airstrikes against the ISIS will not stop nor wipe out the Islamic militants, but only rather fuel them more to continue their senseless crusade.
"Airstrikes against ISIS inside Syria will not be helpful. Airstrikes will not get rid of ISIS. Airstrikes are like just tickling ISIS," Hussam al Marie, the spokesman for the Free Syrian Army in northern Syria, told The Daily Beast.
Al Marie feared a massive civilian casualty because the militants use civilian buildings in Syria's cities. Plus, its members are spread out in Syria which meant locating them and bombing them in one place might be impossible.
"So airstrikes will not be enough to get rid of these terrorists and at the same time, they might hit civilians. That's the problem," he said.
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