The Unlikely Alliance Against ISIS

The Islamic State or ISIS has been a constantly growing threat in the Middle East for years but the international community has been at odds on how to deal with the situation. Russia on one hand thought that one of the best way to handle ISIS was through strengthening the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. The U.S. though was supporting the rebels in Syria. With such different motivations in the struggle it is surprising that the international community has finally come together to form a coalition.

The main motivation behind this unification is the attacks in Paris in November. The attacks led France to draft a UN resolution stating that all able states should join the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. This resolution highlights a rare moment in it being unanimously accepted by the security council where both the U.S.and Russia have veto power.

The alliance between the two countries go even further though which only helps to emphasize the effect that ISIS has had on influencing the international community. After years of tension between Russia and the U.S., Putin has finally come out and said that Russia is ready to cooperate with the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group. This unlikely alliance between the two will go a long way towards keeping an open dialogue on how best to handle future situations in the region.


8 thoughts on “The Unlikely Alliance Against ISIS

  1. Certainly a step forward in relations between the two countries. Any progress towards a more cooperative Russia is good progress however the two countries do have very different military policies and mindsets. Russia, or Putin, is more likely to take more aggressive measures while the U.S. government will try to avoid direct conflict.


  2. Forging an alliance between the U.S. is an important and bold move in the realm of international conflict. This convergence of powers will no doubt assist in eliminating the terrorist threat abroad and hopefully be a key factor in promoting other nations to join the fight against injustice and those harming the innocent.


  3. I think that this is a good thing that is occurring between the U.S. and Russia because they are two strong forces that will be able to help take down ISIS. It is sad that this happened because of the attacks in France because it was a tragedy and it shouldn’t have happened, but now at least with the combining of these two forces maybe nothing like this will happen again, yes that would be in an ideal world but maybe eventually it can be like that if everyone works together to stop ISIS, it is something that just needs to be done because too many conflicts are occurring and too many innocent people are dying because of it.


  4. Great Post! The rapidly deteriorating situation in Syria presents a critical threat to the maintenance of international security, and peace and stability within the region. The threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is in direct confrontation with the interests of all United Nations Member States and, therefore, warrants multilateral action to combat the advance of this extremist group. The volatile circumstances of the region have led to the creation of a multidimensional humanitarian crisis that has witnessed a range of human rights violations perpetrated against civilian populations, in addition to the absolute dissolution of law and order, as well as territorial integrity.


  5. I think in a case like this it is just too risky not to join forces. It is best for everyone to put all differences aside and unite against ISIS. There was just something recently in the news where a Russian spy was decapitated on live video by ISIS because he was sent to watch them and got caught. I wonder if that has anything to do with Putin deciding that Russia should join the coalition?


  6. Really interesting post, thank you! I think it is definitely a good step forward in combatting the Islamic State. Rather than further polarizing state governments against each other, Isis is influencing them to band together which will undoubtedly cause them headaches in the months to come. Now it is important for this alliance to hold, and not be swayed by the contempt shared by the U.S. and Russia in the past. I think the gravity of the shared goal will keep things focused.


  7. Now ISIS is influencing their violations to international community. I am very curious why they are making strong countries irritating. France is the 6th and Russia is 2nd, and United States is the 1st of the world military powers. If they are not stupid, they would definitely knew what they did recently was suicide behavior. Not only France, but also the alliance U.S. and Russia willing to fight against ISIS and China’s planning to team up with Russia in Syria seems to boost for eliminating existence of ISIS. Does ISIS have a power to fight against these strong countries?


  8. Good Post!
    I stand with some of the commenters here when I say the new “relationship” between the US and Russia is a positive step forward between the two nations, however, it should be taken with caution. The threat from ISIS is formidable to say the least, especially with the attack on Paris fresh in our minds. However, Russia hasn’t been a saint in terms of aggression with their conflict within the Ukraine and Syria. We can defiantly build on this “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” mentality, however we should keep them on a close leash in terms of international relations.


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