In response to rapid territorial gains made by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS or Daesh, calling itself the Islamic State) militants during the first half of 2014, and internationally condemned brutality, reported human rights abuses and the fear of further spillovers of the Syrian Civil War, many states began to intervene against ISIL inSyria and Iraq, and three states, later, intervened or surveilled on ISIL in Libya.
In mid-June 2014, Iran, according to American and British information, started flying drones over Iraq, and, according to Reuters, Iranian soldiers were in Iraq fighting ISIL. Simultaneously, the United States ordered a small number of troops to Iraq and started flying manned aircraft over Iraq.
In July 2014, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Iran sent Sukhoi Su-25 aircraft to Iraq, andHezbollah purportedly sent trainers and advisers to Iraq to monitor ISIL’s movements. In August 2014, the U.S. began a campaign of airstrikes on ISIL targets in Iraq, and, according to American website Business Insider, Iran also began air combat against ISIL. Since then, nine countries, allied with the US in some coalition, have also executed airstrikes on ISIL in Iraq; nine countries, including the US, have performed strikes on ISIL in Syria.
Coalition of foreign countries intervening in Iraq:
United States (leader)
Coalition of foreign countries intervening in Syria:
United States (leader)
United Arab Emirates
And now Russia and China has also joined the fight
Russian drones deployed
“For the first time, the army today used drones received from Moscow in operations against extremists in the north and east of the country,” the source said, without elaborating on the type of drones or locating exactly where they were deployed.
In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the report, news agency RIA Novosti said.
The deployment came amid a Russian military build-up in Syria, over which the United States has expressed deep concern.
It also comes a day after a senior military official said Damascus had received new weaponry from Russia, including at least five fighter jets.
“Russian weapons are starting to have an effect in Syria,” the official told AFP.
The official added that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had already been using these weapons against the Islamic State group in the cities of Deir Ezzor and Raqa, the IS de facto capital in Syria.
Assad’s forces have stepped up air strikes in the past week, killing at least 38 IS jihadists in central Syria, especially Palmyra, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
China have joined Russia and Iran to protect the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
According the International Business Times, Chinese troops have joined Russia and Iran to protect the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A report claims that a Chinese naval vessel carrying dozens of “military advisors” is on its way to Syria and the Chinese troops will then join with the “hundreds” of Russian soldiers.
“The Chinese will be arriving in the coming weeks,” a Syrian army official told Lebanon-based news website -Al-Masdar Al-‘Arabi.
The Chinese ship has crossed the Suez Canal in Egypt and is currently in the Mediterranean Sea.
However, according to Israeli military news website – DEBKAfile, the aircraft carrier, Liaoning-CV-16, is already docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, accompanied by a guided missile.
The Chinese troops are expected to join the Russian forces in the Latakia region, where the Russians are building a massive military base.
The French government joined the air campaign against Islamic State in Syria and destroyed one of the group’s training camps in a bombing raid, President François Hollande announced Sunday.
French armed forces had previously bombed militant targets in neighboring Iraq as part of a U.S.-led coalition, but France had not attacked the group in Syria out of fear that doing so would indirectly prop up the government of President Bashar Assad.
France has launched first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria
Announcing the airstrikes, Hollande’s office said in a statement Sunday: “Our country thus confirms its resolute commitment to fight against the terrorist threat represented by Daesh (the Arabic acronym for ISIL). We will strike each time that our national security is at stake.”
The office of President Francois Hollande said the strikes were aimed at targets identified during surveillance missions conducted since September 8, 2015.
A US-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against IS in Syria and Iraq for more than a year.
France, like the UK, has previously confined its air strikes against the Islamic State group to Iraqi airspace. The UK announced earlier this month it had carried out a drone strike against two British citizens in Syria but has yet to fly manned operations in Syrian airspace.