The newly elected Prime Minister of Iraq, Haydar Al-‘Abadi, has issued a statement reassuring Iraqi citizens that the attacks on ISIS will be limited to aerial bombardments. Al-‘Abadi issued this message yesterday, when he responded to a question in regards to U.S. involvement; he replied, “there will be no foreign boots on the ground in Iraq” – this comes one week after U.S. President Barack Obama outlined his government’s intention to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

President Obama has released a statement reiterating his commitment to not include ground forces in Iraq. The recently formed Anti-ISIS Coalition, spearheaded by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is committed to destabilizing the ISIS threat by aerial bombarding their positions and working with moderate rebel forces in Syria. With the Anti-ISIS Coalition formed in Jeddeh, Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama’s contingency is on its way to fruition with cooperation among local allies.

While, President Obama has conveyed his faith the Anti-ISIS Coalition’s capabilities; others remain rather skeptical. U.S. The Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, General Martin Dempsey, was not as optimistic as his Commander-in-Chief. General Dempsey stated that half of the Iraqi Armed Forces are incapable of combatting the ISIS threat in Iraq, leading many to question the purpose of the Anti-ISIS Coalition. He further added, “If any U.S. aircraft goes down in Syria; it means boots on the ground.”

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