Washington’s Secret Back-Channel Talks With Syria’s Kurdish ‘Terrorists’ -Foreignpolicy.com


A very detailed look at the US’s attempts to work with various Kurdish factions in Syria. It provides a good example of how it will be difficult to hold the anti-IS coalition together as each member pursues its own interests in the conflict. In this case, there is an unstable triangle made up of the US, Turkey and the Kurdish PYD. This also helps us understand the lack of decisive coalition action as the IS over runs the town of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border.


ISIS fight: Coalition airstrike casualties weigh on Canada’s decision -CBC



The type of missions flown in Iraq will likely resemble those in Libya flown during the civil war. In Libya there were significant numbers of civilian casualties and questionable targets chosen. As the situation evolves, this will undoubtedly be an issue for Canada and the others members of the coalition.
see: http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/05/14/nato-investigate-civilian-deaths-libya