The situation with ISIS has escalated greatly since the last time we talked.
For starters, the U.S. has now teamed up with the U.K. and some Arab countries, including unprecedented allies like Iran, to commence airstrikes against the Islamic state. Since 2012, more than three million refugees have fled Syria to seek safety from ISIS in surrounding countries. Some American officials have said that after the first day of strikes, multiple ISIS sights in Syria were destroyed. In addition to Syria, fighter jets attacked 68 targets in Iraq.
The situation has grown so much that the Australian military is getting involved. Australia’s contribution consists of inflight refueling and surveillance in support of the U.S. and its allies.
U.S. troops have been sent to Iraq for training in handling ISIS militants. ABC News Polls shows 7 in 10 Americans support airstrikes, but only 53 percent support boots on the ground. The Obama administration plans to send U.S. advisors to Iraq to train Iraqi forces and coordinate airstrikes. That being said, U.S. forces will not be on Iraqi soil to fight, but rather to learn.
What do Americans think?
According to ABC, 55 percent of young adults ages 18 to 29 approve of airstrikes, while those over 50 approve by 80 percent.
But tell me, what do APSU students think? Leave me a comment.