America and Russia: possible partnership

By Raequan Harrison |Staff Writer|

Russia will join President Obama in the fight against ISIS-under one condition.

“The roots of ISIS can be traced, in part, to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the subsequent emergence of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), founded by Jordanian national Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,” according to MSNBC.

The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, “the best way to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is to unite with the West, and Russia is already coordinating airstrikes with France.”

“While President Obama seems to agree, he said there is a catch: Russia must first help end the Syrian war. Just days after Russia launched its first significant strikes against the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, President Obama extended an offer,” according to CBS.

“If we get a better understanding with Russia about the process for bringing an end to the Syrian civil war, that obviously opens up more opportunities for coordination with respect to ISIL,” said Obama.

“I think that the Paris bombing has produced a short-term kumbaya with Mr. Putin. I don’t think it’s gonna last. I don’t think Obama or Putin trust each other, but they need each other right now,” said Eurasia Group Chairman Cliff Kupchan, according to CBS.

Students at CSUSB shared their personal thoughts on the ISIS terror conflict so far.

“I don’t really know how to feel to be honest. Not entirely sure what compels a person to commit acts of terror. What’s the end goal of a terrorist attack? Why would you be willing to die in attacking another country,” said student Mirka Larrañaga.

Lately, I’ve felt more afraid because these attacks have been happening more frequently,” continued Larrañaga.

“ISIS philosophy is to bring violence and harm to others. If you aren’t on their side then your an enemy to them,” said student Mike Acosta.

“How are we going to stop such a militant barbaric group? As a country, more than that all of humanity should stand against terrorist like ISIS. We need world peace,” continued Acosta.

“A lot of people want us to work with Russia. The issue is Russia has different interests, like protecting Assad [President of Syria],” said Dr. Mark T. Clark, CSUSB professor.

“Obama has said he wants him out because he’s been brutal to his own citizens. France’s president, Hollande wants us to go after ISIS,” continued Clark.

“ISIS is the greater threat, but we have this back plan of wanting to get rid of the president of Syria. Politically we have to work with Russia because they have a greater physical presence in the country. Russia is heavily invested. They have more troops on the ground and aircraft in Syria,” expressed Clark

“We’ve only sent 50 advisors for the opposition. This could create conflict because if they bomb rebels that are opposed to Assad, and our advisers are with them, that could create a red line between our two countries,” said Clark.

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