by Geoffrey Grider, Now The End Begins:
The U.S. State Department revealed to reporters in August that territorial losses suffered by ISIS have “dramatically accelerated” under U.S. President Donald Trump from the 35,000 square miles the jihadist group is believed to have controlled at its peak in Iraq and Syria in early 2015 to only 8,000, marking an 80 percent loss. With the recent victories, ISIS has lost about 90 percent of its “caliphate,” reveals the Telegraph.
THE END OF THE SO-CALLED ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS/ISIL) CALIPHATE THAT ONCE EXPANDED ACROSS VAST SWATHES OF TWO COUNTRIES IS WITHIN REACH NOW THAT THE JIHADISTS LOST THE LAST-REMAINING CITY UNDER THEIR CONTROL IN SYRIA AND ITS FINAL STRONGHOLD IN IRAQ ALONG THE BORDER.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ever since Obama called ISIS the “JV Team”, the Islamic State terror group’s rise to power has seemed unstoppable. Obama’s phony airstrikes that targeted mostly empty buildings did nothing to slow them down. But 11 months of actual airstrikes ordered by President Trump seems to have turned the tide. Last month ISIS was driven out of Iraq, and today we see that their caliphate in Syria has now fallen. What has happened to ISIS is exactly what Trump said would happen with him as president. Another promise kept. So go ahead, fake news media, hate Trump all you like, it’s a free country. Just don’t forget to also say “thank you”.
“Frankly the tempo of our operations is going to reduce as Daesh [ISIS] are beaten in Iraq and in Syria,” conceded Air Commander Johnny Stringer in charge of Britain’s contribution to U.S.-led air coalition against the Islamic State, reports the Telegraph.
The ISIS so-called caliphate had “all but disappeared,” declared the commander. However, he indicated that “it was now likely to morph into an insurgent organization.”
On Friday, Iraqi military forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition air power and Iran-allied Shiite militias, led the offensive to defeat ISIS in al-Qaim, described by the Daily Mail as the last bastion in Iraq near its border with Syria.
Meanwhile, forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, assisted by Iran-backed Shiite militias and Russian air support, pushed ISIS out of Deir Ezzor on the Syrian side of the international boundary.
CAN TRUMP FOLLOW THROUGH ON ISIS PROMISES?
The fake news media mocked Trump during the 2016 campaign for making promises that he would “completely destroy them” if elected president. But guess what? That’s exactly what happened.
ISIS’S SO-CALLED “CALIPHATE” WAS DEPLETED TO RUINS AFTER THE JIHADIST GROUP WAS FORCED OUT OF ITS REMAINING STRONGHOLDS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA—MOST RECENTLY AL-QAIM AND DEIR EZZOR, RESPECTIVELY, NOTES DAILY MAIL.
Echoing other analysts, Maha Hosain Aziz, an expert from New York University, cautionedthat as it feels its defeat closing in, ISIS will change tactics and may even try to join forces with other jihadists, including its alleged enemy al-Qaeda.
“Look for more coordination between ISIL and al-Qaeda outside, and inside Syria and Iraq, despite their ongoing friction in other areas such as Yemen,” Aziz told the Telegraph, adding, “ISIS will also continue to expand its recruitment pool worldwide to prepare for its long-term goal of forming a global Islamic caliphate.”
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