Through the latest official American statements, it has become clear that Obama’s administration could adopt a long-term strategy to deal with ISIS. This strategy may include several key elements: First, to broaden the support of the Iraqi forces, especially after the formation of the government in Iraq led by Haider al-Abad. Secondly, to arm and train the Kurdish Peshmerga forces so that they can stand up in the face of attacks by ISIS fighters. Thirdly, expand the aerial bombardment to include ISIS positions in Syria. But most importantly of all, regional cooperation that includes Iran, the Gulf states, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, is needed to tighten the noose on the logistical support for jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria.
The United States does not have magical solutions to Iraq’s problemsDr. Naser al-Tamimi