With only two months left of his presidency, there is no doubt President Obama is feeling anxious about settling unfinished businesswith the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Middle East, to add more convictionto the role Jeffrey Goldberg of "The Atlantic" appliedto him as "the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the presidency." With various offences in Iraq throughout the year, a U.S.-led coalition has been thorough in purging ISIS from Tikrit, Fallujah and now Mosul, which forces have finally reached after fighting through villages on the outskirts of the city.To Goldberg, Obama has earned the title by isolating ISIS in Iraq and Syria to prevent attacks in the United States and -- despite the recent report from the JIM at the United Nations -- also preventing the terrorist group from obtaining a large supply of chemical weapons by "disarming" the Assad in 2013.

Until recently, Mosul was the Caliphate for the ISIS in Iraq which is expected to fall before the end of the year. Now, all that is left is Raqqa which according to "The Washington Post," the president is planning an offensive against which should happen in weeks. Defence secretary Ash Carter says that it won't be many weeks when they do. But the article also points out that they are trying to resolve pressing questions to make sure the mission is a success, saying that even though they have a lot of influence over all actors, they acknowledge they are not in complete control. Meaning that they might need to train additionalSyrian forces to take Raqqa, but the looming problem of conflict between Turkey and Kurdish fighters in the autonomous Northern part of Syria bordering Turkey, remains.

The report says that President Obama approved the "Raqqa plan" in meetings with national security advisers in early October.

U.S. dependency of Kurdish forces to take ISIS

Reportedly the Kurds have been the most reliable force to take on the Islamic State. This was apparent in 2013when Syria's Kurdish military group the People's Protection Units (YPG), fought off Islamist rebels who were later absorbed by ISIS inRas al-Ayn.

This fighting would evolve and continue to spread throughout the region; it would not be until October of 2014 when the U.S. would assist the Kurds with airstrikes to help them take Kobane and save Assyrian Christians from mount Sinjar nearby, where they fled to from ISIS but were still threatened. The union between the U.S.

and the Kurds angered neighbouring Turkey refused to assist Iraq's Kurds who were looking to join the fight in Syria. Eventually, the U.S. helped them form a coalition called the Syrian Democratic Forces of which the bulk is made up of Kurdish fighters. The Pentagon's current strategy is to not arm the Kurds quite yet, as taking the villages on the road to Raqqa, they feel, will not require additional firepower.

Iraq, Syria and Turkey against the Kurds

When the Islamic State began to pour into Iraq in 2013-2014, there was instability in the government that caused the Kurds to consider splitting up Iraq to establish their own state, for which they are not officially recognised.

The Iraq government rejected this idea, and in Syria, the Kurds had already fought off the Syrian army for their autonomy, who were busy trying to fight off the opposition. This year after the Kurdish forces helped take back Manbij from ISIS, the Turkish supported Free Syrian Army attacked the Kurds feeling that they would take Manbij for themselves. And because Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group and do not want them along the Turkish border. Syrian troopshave also attacked the Kurds, which caused the U.S. to send in fighter jets as there were U.S. special forces embedded among them. Reports says that in discussions about the upcoming Raqqa offensive with the U.S., Turkish President Erdoğan does not want the YPG involved in fight against ISIS, to which the presidentresponded saying they would be and if Turkey doesn't like it, they can go back.

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