G20 countries are committed to fight “the increasing flow of foreign terrorists.” Their commitment is written black on white in the draft of the final document of the summit of the Heads of State and Government of the 20 most industrialized countries, which is taking place in the Turkish city Antalya. G20 leaders, according to the draft of the final document, commit to sharing intelligence information, to monitor border crossings and to increase security measures in aero transport.
“We are concerned about the acute and growing flow of foreign fighters and terrorists about the threat they represent to all States,” recites the draft of the final document, in which ISIS is never mentioned. “We are determined to tackle this threat,” ensure the G20 leaders in the text, in which they specify that the aim will be to resist violent extremism and recruitment, as well as prevent terrorist use of technologies, including the Internet. “All direct or indirect encouragement of terrorism, incitement to acts of terrorism and advocating violence should be prevented,” states the draft.
The turning point, repeatedly put off, is near now. Obama administration is now convinced they need to change the rhythms and move to a more aggressive strategy of fight against ISIS. First of all, by extending the range of action over Syria and Iraq and by intensifying military action. And, after the Paris attacks, even such a “reluctant warrior” as the American president must give in to the reality of the situation. He cannot ignore anymore that Isis is not a regional conflict, but has turned into a real war waged on a global level. With America and Europe in the frontline.
After joining the National Security Council at the White House, Obama expects now to pull the strings of the ongoing dialogues with the G20 leaders in Turkey, where works are carried on in order to strengthen the international coalition against the Islamic State. A coalition that has been too fragile and fragmented so far, even divided on some occasions. And whereas involving Russia to put an end to the crisis in Syria is considered to be a critical step, another cornerstone of Obama’s plan is getting more involved also Europe, urging those countries of the Old Continent that are more cautious and reluctant to make a greater contribution, also in terms of military action.
Meanwhile, the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Union has planned an extraordinary Council of Ministers of Justice and Interior on November 20 in order to analyze and strengthen fight against terrorism, in the aftermath of Paris attacks. Finally, in the night a true fire rain was launched by France on Raqqa, the ‘capital’ of the Islamic State in Syria, where have probably been trained Paris bombers. The raids struck “at least 20 goals” that are strategic to the city. The United States is providing intelligence data to France for its raids in Syria, according to the Wall Street Journal.