Someday, they will make a movie about this military victory, led by President Donald J. Trump and General Mad Dog Mattis because it is a long time coming and an epic tale. You will not be reading about this in the mainstream media because frankly, they hate it when America wins.
“I will… quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS,” Trump promised. “We will not have to listen to the politicians who are losing the war on terrorism.” A year later, ISIS would be ferreted out of Iraq and Syria with an ease and speed that surprised even our military leaders. Gone were Obama’s rules of engagement. Now, our generals make the decisions in the war theater, not politicians in Washington.
President Trump promised that we would crush ISIS if he became President and it certainly seems as though that is the case. Hundreds of ISIS fighters are fleeing as fast as they can to get away from American military forces. It’s a beautiful sight. The Caliphate is in tatters and is no more. This wasn’t the case under Barack Obama where Jihadists were allowed to flee and fight another day. Now that Trump has set General Mattis free that is no longer happening and the enemy is falling under the full weight of the US military.
With Mattis at the helm and our military unleashed, the mighty forces of ISIS are no more. “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.” Mattis went on a bug hunt and exterminated ISIS leaders mercilessly. “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, the top U.S. Marine in Iraq, said 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.” That’s a far cry from the oppressive leadership of Barack Obama. “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,” he said. Civilians were not put at risk either. “We used precision strikes, and completely in accordance with international standards,” he said. “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.”
ISIS at its high point controlled large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria. They ruled over as many as 8 million people. They controlled oilfields and refineries, agriculture, smuggling routes and vast arsenals. ISIS ran a brutal, Shariah compliant government and murdered, raped and tortured at will. They even had their own currency. Now, the radical Islamists control 3 percent of Iraq and less than 5 percent of Syria. Their caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is believed to be injured and holed up somewhere along the lawless border of Syria and Iraq. His days are numbered.
ISIS is still trying to blend in with the locals and hide in plain sight. They still have cells all over the planet and they are still dangerous. But they are being decimated wherever we find them. We have taken back their strongholds and liberated cities in 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 said. “I couldn’t ask for a better leadership team to work for, to enable the military to do what it does best.”
“I was not optimistic when Trump first came to the office,” a spokesman for Iraq’s Ministry of Defense, Yahya Rasool said. “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.” And you hear that over and over again.
There is still much more to be done and many more terrorists out there to deal with. “ISIS is very adaptive,” noted Col. Ryan Dillon, the U.S.-led coalition spokesman. “We are already seeing smaller cells and pockets that take more of an insurgent guerrilla type approach as opposed to an Islamic army or conventional type force. So we have got to be prepared for that.” Now, we finish the job we started this time so we don’t leave conditions that will breed terrorists like we saw on 9/11.