The Turkish and Kurdish joint military effort in Iraq has been cranked up a notch in recent days with multiple attacks made on ISIS forces throughout the region. These attacks included the securing of a major highway that will limit the IS movement in the area. Turkish officials maintain that they "cannot remain idle" when it comes to military action against the Islamic State even though Iraqi leaders have insisted that Turkish intervention "is not necessary yet." The increasingly inevitable confrontation is looking grim when it comes to displaced civilians as well. Aid agencies are preparing for as many as 1,000,000 people to need shelter as a result of the battles.
- Tanner James