Allies to beef up campaign against Islamic State group

This August 9, 2015 US Air Force photo shows an F-16 Fighting Falcon departing Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Inherent ResolveA US-led coalition is poised to intensify the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria, in response to a spiraling humanitarian crisis and lackluster results from a year-long air campaign. Nations from Europe to Australasia are paving the way for increased military involvement in “Operation Inherent Resolve,” which aims to degrade and destroy Islamic State jihadists, according to several well-placed officials. Western governments are under fierce pressure to tackle a humanitarian crisis that has seen 380,000 migrants and refugees — including drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi — voyage across the Mediterranean already this year.

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