Don’t let anyone tell you there aren’t local forces rising up against ISIS. Take a look at this awesome footage of Kurdish snipers wiping the floor with ISIS.
BBC takes you behind the lines of the fight against the savage Islamic State. It’s a war the Kurds are in to defend their very lives, as ISIS attempts to take their lands.
BBC facts on ISIS:
Isis grew out of an al-Qaeda-linked organisation in Iraq
Estimated 10,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria
Joined in its offensives by other Sunni militant groups, including Saddam-era officers and soldiers, and disaffected Sunni tribal fighters
Exploits standoff between Iraqi government and the minority Sunni Arab community, which complains that Shia Prime Minister Nouri Maliki is monopolising power
Isis led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an obscure figure regarded as a battlefield commander and tactician