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In my picture, I see a woman holding her baby in an unstable environment. The woman and her baby are citizens of Libya and victims of ISIS. She is crying as she is struggling to keep her baby safe while surrounded by soldiers and chaos. The United States has recently intervened with ISIS affairs with the bombings ordered by President Donald Trump.
One big question lingering over the U.S. is the decision to continue its involvement in the Middle East to stop ISIS and future attacks, possibly on American soil. I believe the U.S. should fight ISIS because of the possible threat they pose to American citizens. We have already experienced attacks influenced by ISIS with the nightclub shooting in Florida late last year. It is only a matter of time before we experience an attack similar to the bombings in Paris.
ISIS was formed after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 203 due to the attacks of 9/11. ISIS broke off from Al-Qaeda and claimed the Islamic State. ISIS is a brutal extremist group who have no problem murdering civilians or conducting foreign attacks to deliver their message. It aims to replace existing, man-made borders, to overcome what it sees as the Shiite crescent that has emerged across the Middle East, to take its war to Europe and America, and ultimately to lead Muslims toward an apocalyptic battle against the disbelievers.
Since declaring its caliphate in 2014, ISIS has carried out 143 different terrorist attacks in 129 different countries. These attacks have resulted in over 2,000 deaths and a countless number of injuries. The United States and its allies have sent over 8,000 airstrikes on ISIS, including territories in Iraq and Syria. As of now, the U.S. has not sent any ground troops to fight ISIS and there are no plans to. Other than the U.S., France, Russia, Canada, and Australia have all been included in the bombing of ISIS.
So far, the attacks on U.S. soil have only been inspired by ISIS but not carried out by the terrorist group. With the latest threat by ISIS to President Donald Trump, the fear of another attack and ISIS expansion into the U.S. is becoming more of a possibility. ISIS released a video threatening the U.S. as well as trump and any other celebrities and religious leaders who have criticized them. They released a “kill” list of over 8,000 names they want “wiped off the face of the earth”. Although we do not know how serious these messages are, based on their history, we should not take this threat lightly. The U.S. and its allies need to find a way to stop ISIS from expanding even if that means putting troops on the ground.
Besides the fear the citizens of the U.S. and other countries have to face, we need to help the innocent people like the woman and child in the photograph who have to live every day in the fear of being the next victim. The innocent civilians of the Middle East who are force to coexist with ISIS should be more of a priority and should be considered while the U.S. and its allies continue to bomb these countries.