China, Russia Likely to Support the U.S. Plan Against ISIL

U.S. President Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama

After claiming a support from nearly 40 nations through the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent trip through the Middle East, President Barack Obama is all set to take his anti-ISIL plan to the United Nations (U.N.).

Although China and Russia have been opposing the U.S. in the past, it’s likely that both the permanent U.N. Security Council members would not block the U.S. move to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

As China is now facing an increasing threat from the Islamic militants, it is expected to give its consent to the coalition forces to thwart the ISIL’s growing violence in different parts of the world.

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Russia also seems to have softened its stand against the U.S. plan to attack Syria while advising the U.S. to respect the sovereignty of Syria.

“Washington should respect the sovereignty of Syria in its attempts to deal with the Islamic State, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a phone call with John Kerry,” according to a statement issued Sunday, Sept. 21, by Russia’s Foreign Ministry.

Meanwhile President Obama thanked Congress for its strong bipartisan support for efforts to train and equip Syrian opposition forces to fight ISIL.

President Obama is scheduled to attend the U.N. Security Council meeting Wednesday, Sept. 24, to seek support for his plans against ISIL.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State (IS) is a militant organization, which is currently active in Iraq and Syria. With a strong force of over 30,000 fighters under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIL is attacking different nations with the aim to set up a large Islamic State.

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