As the U.S. and allies falsely advertise restraint for a boots-on-the-ground initiative in Iraq and Syria, we can be assured that much more is going on behind the scenes—preparations are undoubtedly in the works for a full-scale operation. Currently, there are approximately 1,500 U.S. troops in Iraq aiding the Iraqi military in objectives as far-reaching as the ISIS-controlled territory of al-Anbar.

Only recently has the international community begun to realize the significance of ISIS and their threat to the Middle East and the Western world. On 14 November, the UN Security Council met and reviewed a report from the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, titled Rule of Terror: Living under ISIS in Syria.

During the session, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2170 (2014), which condemns gross, widespread abuse of human rights by extremist groups in Iraq and Syria. As well, the members of the council named six specific individuals who, with substantiating evidence, are believed to be responsible for these aforementioned violations of human rights.

There are two actions stated by the security council that foreshadow what may lie ahead and give the sense that the U.S. and allies are moving toward a direct battle with ISIS: