The United States wants to enlarge the war against the Islamic State (ISIS). It is calling on allies to help it.
The U.S. is still the main actor in the fight against ISIS. It has 6,000 troops in Iraq. Italy has the second largest number, with about 900 troops in Iraq.
The United States has the most troops in Syria, including about 300 advisers. They are working with Kurdish and Arab fighters.
The Arab states in the Gulf have their problems. Saudi Arabian troops are fighting in Yemen. Jordan is facing internal security threats. It is also dealing with thousands of displaced Syrian refugees.
After recent terrorists’ attacks, France is stepping up its forces in the Middle East.
The contribution of Great Britain is uncertain after the Brexit vote. Turkey has refugees and violence. But, it is not clear what Turkey will do after the failed coup.
A meeting of allies will take place next week in Washington.
The big problem facing the coalition is not the military struggle with the Islamic State. It is how to handle the flood of refugees from the fighting.
The battle for Fallujah is over. The plight of people fleeing the fighting is not over. The U.S. expects, even more, refugees from the battle for Mosul.
America is asking other countries for more police trainers and engineers. It wants to maintain the gains made on the ground,
Republicans are saying the U.S. is losing the war in the Middle East. That is not the reality. The attacks in the West and Arab countries are the result of ISIS losing ground. Stopping this bloodshed is hard.
There is still no plan for bringing down Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Still, things are changing in the field. The war is entering a new phase.
Source: The Washington Post July 19, 2016