The US armed forces since August 8 have been launching airstrikes on the IS positions in Iraq, and in September spread this operation to Syria’s territory. The US Central Command controls the operation. Along with the United States, the military campaign participants are France, the UK, Belgium, Australia and five Arab states: Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. The Netherlands and Turkey, in particular, plan to join them. NATO has the coordinating role in this campaign. Washington says these efforts are supported by more than 50 countries and a number of international organisations.