There are no virgins where they’re going!
The Trump administration has been doing a phenomenal job fighting radical Islamic terrorism and the likes of ISIS. ISIS fighters used to control large areas of Syria & Iraq, but now many of them are either dead or on the run. Trump promised to “bomb the hell” out of them, and sure enough, he did.
Fox News reported,
Hundreds of ISIS fighters had just been chased out of a northern Syrian city and were fleeing through the desert in long convoys, presenting an easy target to U.S. A-10 “warthogs.”
“But the orders to bomb the black-clad jihadists never came, and the terrorists melted into their caliphate — living to fight another day. The events came in August 2016, even as then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was vowing on the campaign trail to let generals in his administration crush the organization that, under President Obama, had grown from the “jayvee team” to the world’s most feared terrorist organization.
“I will…quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS,” Trump, who would name legendary Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense, promised. “We will not have to listen to the politicians who are losing the war on terrorism.” Just over a year later, ISIS has been routed from Iraq and Syria with an ease and speed that’s surprised even the men and women who carried out the mission. Experts say it’s a prime example of a campaign promise kept. President Trump scrapped his predecessor’s rules of engagement, which critics say hamstrung the military, and let battlefield decisions be made by the generals in the theater, and not bureaucrats in Washington.
At its peak, ISIS held land in Iraq and Syria that equaled the size of West Virginia, ruled over as many as 8 million people, controlled oilfields and refineries, agriculture, smuggling routes and vast arsenals. It ran a brutal, oppressive government, even printing its own currency.”
ISIS now controls less than three percent of the state of Iraq and less than five percent of Syria. The number is creeping lower and lower. Even there leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to be injured and holed up in some part of the border between Syria and Iraq. In addition to this, sects of ISIS are looking to regroup in the Philippines, Libya, and the Sinai Penninsula.
Fox News also reported,
“They are now living secretly among civilian populations in the region, in Europe and possibly in the U.S. These cells will likely present a terrorist threat for years. In addition, the terrorist organization is attempting to regroup in places such as the Philippines, Libya and the Sinai Peninsula. But the military’s job — to take back the land ISIS claimed as its caliphate and liberate cities like Mosul, in Iraq, and Raqqa, in Syria, as well as countless smaller cities and villages, is largely done. And it has taken less than a year.
“The leadership team that is in place right now has certainly enabled us to succeed,” Brig. Gen. Andrew Croft, the ranking U.S. Air Force officer in Iraq, told Fox News. “I couldn’t ask for a better leadership team to work for, to enable the military to do what it does best.” President Trump gave a free hand to Mattis, who in May stressed military commanders were no longer being slowed by Washington “decision cycles,” or by the White House micromanaging that existed President Obama. As a result of the new approach, the fall of ISIS in Iraq came even more swiftly than hardened U.S. military leaders expected.
“It moved more quickly than at least I had anticipated,” Croft said. “We and the Iraqi Security Forces were able to hunt down and target ISIS leadership, target their command and control.” After the battle to liberate Mosul – ISIS’ Iraqi headquarters – was completed in July — the U.S.-led coalition retook Tel Afar in August, Hawija in early October and Rawa in Anbar province in November.
Marine Col. Seth Folsom, who oversaw fighting in Al Qaim near the Syrian border, agreed. He wasn’t expecting his part of the campaign against ISIS to get going until next spring and figured even then, it would then “take six months or more.”
Instead, ISIS was routed in Al Qaim in just a few days. “We really had one mandate and that was enable the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat ISIS militarily here in Anbar. I feel that we have achieved that mission,” Folsom said. “I never felt constrained. In a lot of ways, I felt quite liberated because we had a clear mandate and there was no questioning that.”
Brig. Gen. Robert “G-Man” Sofge is the top U.S. Marine in Iraq who said that his commanders have,
“enjoyed not having to deal with too many distractions and there was no question about what the mission here in Iraq was. We were able to focus on what our job was without distraction and I think that goes a long way in what we are trying to accomplish here. We used precision strikes, and completely in accordance with international standards. We didn’t lower that standard, not one little bit. But we were able to exercise that precision capability without distraction and I think the results speak for themselves.”
This week the Coalition Civilian Casualty Assessment Team added thirty new staffers who are now allowed to travel throughout the region. Various military leaders are going to be held responsible for actions that have caused injury or death to civilians in the line of fire.
However, only 35 percent of the 57,000 engagements carried out between 2014 to 2017 resulted in credible reports of civilians casualties. The United States has included training and equipping local Iraqi troops on the ground. Showing that the Trump administration has been very successful in driving ISIS out. Even Iraq’s Ministry of Defense leader Yahya Rasool said,
“I was not optimistic when Trump first came to the office. But after a while I started to see a new approach, the way the U.S. was dealing with arming and training. I saw how the coalition forces were all moving faster to help the Iraq side more than before. There seemed to be a lot of support, under Obama we did not get this.”
Despite the fact that the administration doesn’t get the accolades and acknowledgment they deserve it is quite clear they are kicking ass and taking names when it comes to the war on terrorism.