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China Times: World should act against ISIS threat
Central News Agency
2014-08-20 11:49 AM
The U.S. military launched a series of airstrikes in northern Iraq earlier this month to help Kurdish forces fight against militants from the notorious Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. A hunt for the terrorist group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is reportedly underway. The brutal organization poses such a serious threat to global security and humanitarian values that the international community must join forces to remove it. This will probably involve a long battle. Formerly a wing of al-Qaida, the Sunni Muslim extremist force grew rapidly in Iraq in recent years, due to the inability by the Iraqi government to resolve the confrontation between Shiites and Sunnis. Instead, the Shiite-led government's refusal to share power with Sunni minority has fueled sectarian tensions. The Islamic State is clearly even more brutal than al-Qaida and sees all non-Sunnis as its enemies. After slaughtering 1,700 Iraqi officials and soldiers in June, ISIS militants further launched genocidal attacks on the minority Yazidi Kurds. Exhausted by decade-long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States faces a painful choice in returning to the Iraqi battlefield. But ISIS is so dangerous that it must be eliminated quickly. The example of the Islamic militant group is a reminder to the world that confrontation and hostility do not solve any problems but only bring even bigger disaster. Efforts to combat the threat will require long-term determination and greater attention from the international community. (Editorial abstract -- Aug. 20, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)
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