The United Kingdom voted Friday to join the growing coalition against ISIL. Others on the list include the US, Belgium, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, France, Jordan, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also indicated Tuesday that Turkey would finally offer military support in response to continued pressure from the US.
Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), a Syrian terrorist group tied to Al Qaeda, reconciled with ISIL following the strikes, putting an end to their former rivalry. As of Friday, 73 JN members had defected to ISIL, with more sure follow in the coming days. The strikes also haven’t stopped ISIL from advancing towards the Kurdish town of Kobani. As of last week, 60,000 Kurdish refugees had fled into Turkey. That number has since risen to at least 150,000.
House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that the war against ISIL could not be fought with air strikes alone and criticized President Obama’s refusal to consider ground troops. Fox News’ Eric Bolling was less concerned with boots on the ground than “boobs on the ground.” His use of the phrase in reference to UAE’s first female fighter pilot who led air strikes over Syria this week prompted a strong response from US military veterans.