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The international coalition against ISIS has yielded contentious results. While ISIS control over large swaths of territory in both Syria and Iraq may have sparked international outrage, the conflicting agendas of countries in the region with regard to Syria and Iraq have greatly complicated the anti-ISIS campaign. Three years into the Syrian war, which has resulted in the death of over 200,000 people, chemical weapon strikes and the indiscriminate use of "barrel bombings," an international coalition was put in place only when an ISIS surge from Syria led to the takeover of Mosul and pushed too close to Iraq's Kurdish areas. Illustrating this is Turkey's murky relationship with ISIS.The war against ISIS has been used as justification for the current American policy toward Syria.A convenient enemy in ISIS has justified a failed Western policy toward Syria, in what may be the most brutal conflict this decade.Shiite militant groups, whether Lebanese, Syrian or Iraqi, are being positioned as tools to defeat ISIS.
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