22:42 GMT28 February 2021
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    ISIL militants have established broad networks across the globe. An unprecedented level of international cooperation is needed to defeat terrorism.

    After terrorists attacked Paris, Washington decided to make Turkey a NATO partner in fighting the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group to stop the flow of arms and militants across the Turkish-Syrian border. However, the US is unlikely to go further in its "decisive actions" against terrorists.

    Before the Paris atrocities, the White House was set to supply Syrian rebels with arms which would be used against President Bashar al-Assad supporters, US expert on Syria told Deutsche Welle.

    But the terrorist attacks in Ankara, Beirut and Paris forced the US to reconsider its plans and stop delivering arms to Syrian rebels. Washington also called for Saudi Arabia and Qatar to do the same, Landis added.

    Besides such minor changes, President Barack Obama would go ahead with the country’s current anti-ISIL strategy. It would include airstrikes, limited use of Special Operation Forces, and cooperation with Kurdish fighters. Washington has also been forced to abandon ground operation plans due the failures of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Aside from Kurds, Washington has no reliable allies in the region, and even cooperation with Kurdish fighters is risky. Obama’s strategy on cooperating with Syrian rebels has come to a dead end.

    "If the US really intended to support Kurdish fighters so they can take control over the Arab territories there would be an ethnic war. The Kurds would defeat the Arabs but there would still be chaos," the analyst concluded.

    No country and no security service alone can eliminate the threats coming from ISIL, Fred Burton, vice president at think tank Stratfor, said. 

    The terrorist attack against a Russian passenger airliner in Egypt and the subsequent attacks in Paris have shown that ISIL’s activities are intensifying outside the seized territories. A proper response would be international cooperation against terrorism, he told Sputnik Radio.

    "This cooperation is yet to be established. A number of various obstacles are to be surmounted," the analyst underscored.

    "An unprecedented level of international cooperation would be required. In order to prevent such attacks tactical sharing of data is needed," he added.

    The current refugee influx to Europe is another source of problems for security services. And again, effective cooperation between countries is needed.

    "There is a great amount of migrants coming to Europe now. No security service alone can handle this situation, even such powerful agencies as the CIA, FSB or MI5," Burton said.

    The recent terrorist attacks should mobilize security services for cooperation to counter global challenges, he concluded.


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