How effective is the international fight against ISIS?

Global News

ISIS has been held back thanks to U.S.-led airstrikes, according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, but the battle against the Islamist militant group could go on for some time.

The U.S. has been dropping bombs on ISIS targets in Iraq since early August, but with the help of international partners, since late September, the aerial campaign has not only increased but expanded to include Syria.

Kerry, in Brussels for a meeting of the 60 nations involved in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, called the progress “significant.” Of those 60 nations, only 12 are assisting the U.S. in launching airstrikes, while the others are providing humanitarian aid.

Kerry said the Sunni extremist group’s “advance across Syria and into Iraq is being halted.” But he said the international mission would “continue for as long as it takes. “Our commitment will most likely be measured in years,” Kerry…

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