Part II: The Defeat of ISIS – Special U.S. Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk Briefs Media on Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS…

The Trump directed Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS is known shortly as the acronym “D-ISIS”.

Though the media never reported on it much, you might remember immediately after taking office President Trump announced an immediate call for an international summit in Washington DC specifically purposed to readdress the Global Coalition and give the alliance specific focus toward the international defeat of ISIS.

In response to that call by President Trump, 68 nations traveled to Washington DC in late March to join together in an agreement of approach to eliminate ISIS.  Led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, that summit was the formation of the 2017 “D-ISIS” strategy. All 68 nations signed on to the united effort; everyone was on the same page.  Again, the media coverage was scant to non-existent.

Since their summit, the “D-ISIS” alliance members have been crushing ISIS strongholds in Iraq and Syria.  Almost all regional leadership of ISIS has been killed, including the head of ISIS, Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The D-ISIS coalition forces took the approach to encircle ISIS strongholds so they could wipe out ISIS; and not just defeat them.  The goal was to prevent any retreat or escape  strategy where the extremist ideology could possibly reformulate later on.  The strategy, while harsh, has been intensely successful.

With the liberation of Mosul, and the ISIS extremists being wiped out from their strongest holding in Iraq, U.S. President Trump’s Special Envoy Brett McGurk gives a press conference to explain.  WATCH:


A transcript will be available HERE shortly.

In the interim here’s the earlier presentation from today by USSE Brett McGurk:

MR MCGURK: Thank you, Terry. Good morning. Distinguished ambassadors, coalition partners, friends, and colleagues, it’s my pleasure to welcome you again to Washington as members of our Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. Today’s discussion will allow us to really roll up our sleeves as we look ahead in Iraq, Syria, West Africa, East Asia, and anywhere else ISIS seeks to export its terror.

This discussion today comes on the heels of three days of working group meetings with all 72 members of our Coalition, and we’re looking forward to a very productive day.

When our ministers gathered here in March in this room, Secretary Tillerson emphasized that President Trump had asked all of us to accelerate the campaign against ISIS. And over these last four months, that is exactly what we have done.

So my remarks this morning will provide an update focusing on the ISIS core in Iraq and Syria, our recent discussions with Russia in Syria, and our vital work as a Coalition beyond the Iraq and Syria theaters.

But before I begin, let us all offer our respect and congratulations as a Coalition and as partners to the Government of Iraq on the recent liberation of Mosul. The Government of Iraq is represented here today by Dr. Naufel Hassan from the office of the Prime Minister, and our good friend Ambassador Fareed Yasseen. Welcome. We’re also pleased to have Bayan Rahman, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s representative here in Washington with the Iraqi delegation. Bayan, welcome.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to the leadership of Prime Minister Abadi and the heroism of the Iraqi Security Forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga, and so many volunteers that took up arms against ISIS. These forces have suffered significant casualties in one of the most difficult and intense urban battles since the Second World War, while placing protection of the civilian population at the top of their campaign plan.

As President Trump told Prime Minister Abadi in a phone call just a couple days ago, the liberation of Mosul is a milestone in our shared fight against ISIS, but it is not the end of the war, and we are committed as a country and a coalition to ensure ISIS’s total destruction.

I was in Iraq when Mosul fell to ISIS a few years ago, and I happened to be there just days ago as the battle culminated, working with our Iraqi partners, many of whom seated in this room. This has been a long three years, from the collapse of seven Iraqi Security Force divisions to their rebuilding into one of the most proficient and now battle-tested forces in the region.

So it’s worth reflecting a moment on how far we’ve come.

In June of 2014, ISIS, fueled by tens of thousands of foreign fighters from as many as 120 countries around the world, was able to mass and maneuver large military formations nearly at will across Iraq and Syria. Journalists and analysts predicted the imminent fall of Baghdad. ISIS rounded up and massacred one by one 1,700 Iraqi Air Force cadets near Tikrit and uploaded the footage on YouTube. It committed acts of genocide against minority groups, Yezidis and Christians, and murdered anyone who contested its rule. The ISIS spokesman, a terrorist named Mohammed Adnani, declared, quote, “This battle will soon rage in Baghdad.” He declared to the world that this so-called caliphate would, quote, “remain and expand throughout the Middle East and into Europe,” and he called upon Muslims from around the globe to come and join their fight in Syria and Iraq.

ISIS, of course, never reached Baghdad. The Iraqi people and its security forces, with support from so many in this room, regrouped and fought back. Today, ISIS’s so-called caliphate is rapidly shrinking, and the units we have trained as a Coalition in Iraq have never lost a battle. I think it’s worth reflecting on that point for a moment. We’ve now trained as a coalition over 100,000 members of the Iraqi Security Forces, and the units we have trained have defeated ISIS in every engagement. Not only that, these units are now the pride of Iraq.

Just last week, when Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces began a recruiting drive for 3,000 positions, they received nearly 300,000 applicants. This is a remarkable trend and a total transformation from only three years ago.

The terrorist I mentioned earlier, Mohammed Adnani, who also planned attacks abroad, including in Paris and Brussels, is now dead, killed by a Coalition airstrike last year near the Syrian town of al-Bab. This is the fate of nearly all ISIS leaders.

In total, Iraqi forces, supported by our coalition, have cleared over 65,000 square kilometers of territory in Iraq and Syria. All of this territory has held. ISIS has not reclaimed any of this ground. We have freed over 4 million people who had been living under ISIS in 2014, and most importantly, we’ve helped set the conditions for people to return to their homes.

In Iraq alone, nearly 2 million people who fled ISIS have since returned to their homes to restore life to their communities once controlled by these terrorists. That rate of returns in a post-conflict environment is unprecedented historically, and it’s testament to what we have done as a coalition by working together.

So Mosul is the prime example. Nearly one year ago, we gathered here in Washington to prepare the pending campaign in Mosul. A quote that was used during that day was from our former president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who said, quote, “The plan is often useless. It’s the planning, the planning together that is indispensable.” By planning, we anticipate, we adapt in a dynamic environment.

In Mosul, we worked together for six months in a comprehensive military, political, and humanitarian campaign plan. On the political level, thanks to the leadership of Prime Minister Abadi, and President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, we worked to ensure full cooperation between Iraqi Security Forces and the Peshmerga – a level of cooperation we later saw on the ground. Few, including ISIS, anticipated that.

We supported Prime Minister Abadi’s policy and the Government of Iraq’s policy of decentralization, empowering local people to take charge of their communities after the battle, and ensuring full coordination between regional, provincial, and national authorities.

On the humanitarian level, we planned with the United Nations and the Government of Iraq for nearly 1 million displaced people from Mosul. Our Coalition raised the funds to ensure that the UN and associated NGOs had what they needed to address even a worst-case scenario. To date, over the course of the Mosul campaign, there have been nearly 940,000 displaced people; and our colleague, Lise Grande, who’s here, who led the humanitarian response for UNDP, reports that every single one of them – every one – received assistance and aid. Lise has done a tremendous job, and I think we all owe you our respect and gratitude. I think this is one of, really, an unprecedented combination of military and humanitarian response plan with the international community working together.

At the stabilization level, we planned for the day after with emphasis on immediate needs, including locally drawn police force, clearing land mines left by ISIS, restoring electricity, water, sewage, rubble removal, and work programs. The results are now visible in east Mosul, where, only months after the battle, over 220,000 people have returned to their home. 350,000 boys and girls – 350,000 boys and girls, who about six months ago were living under ISIS – are now back in school. Markets are bustling and life is returning to the streets. Even in west Mosul, where the battle was most intense over the past four months, we are seeing thousands returning to their homes and beginning, beginning to pick up their lives after ISIS.

Now, the Old City of Mosul is a different story. This dense urban core was the final stage of the battle and has been in the news with photos of devastation for months of house-to-house and room-to-room fighting. There is one reason for the intensity of this battle. Hundreds of ISIS terrorists from all around the world, as far away as China, gathered in the Old City, nearly all of them wearing explosive suicide vests, barricaded in fighting positions, using civilians as human shields. Over ISIS radios, terrorists hold up in the old city were speaking French, Chinese, Dutch, Russian, and Arabic with a non-Iraqi dialect. These terrorists rigged buildings with explosives, destroyed them as Iraqi Forces approached, including the Grand Mosque of al-Nuri, which has stood for nearly seven centuries. They paraded civilians in front of their fighting positions, hid behind women and children, and use a hospital just north of the Old City as a killing tower, placing snipers to murder civilians trying to escape.

The world has not seen an enemy like this in decades at least, and there is no neat and tidy way to root out suicidal terrorists from urban buildings. This is a war, yet Iraqi Forces place protection of the civilian population at the top of their mission, often at great risk to themselves. Where Iraqi Forces failed to live up to their own high standards, the Iraqi Government is investigating allegations, which we encourage. Iraqi Forces also sought, at the top of their campaign plan, to ensure that suicide bombers from Tajikistan or Tunisia who found their way to Mosul to terrorize the Iraqi people would die in Mosul, rather than escape to terrorize us elsewhere. And they succeeded in that mission. For ISIS foreign fighters, there is no escape.

The battle in Iraq is far from over. Iraqi Forces, with our support, will soon move to liberate remaining territories controlled by ISIS, including Tel Afar, Hawija, and Al-Qaim. We will support them in the military campaign and in what comes next at the humanitarian, stabilization, and governance levels. That is why we are here.

And on behalf of President Trump and Secretary Tillerson, the United States requests that every member of our coalition identify new areas in which to contribute. To date, as a coalition, the U.S. has provided nearly three-quarters of the military resources required to support our partners on the ground, but only one-quarter – the U.S. has provided only one-quarter of the financial resources for humanitarian and stabilization assistance, the rest being picked up by our coalition. This ratio, 4:1 coalition contributions to U.S. contributions for the post-ISIS phase, must continue and further expand over the vital months ahead. And the needs remain vast.

At our working group meetings yesterday, the UN outlined a total appeal of $1.3 billion for post-ISIS humanitarian and stabilization requirements. Nearly three-quarters of this appeal focuses on stabilization, particularly in Mosul and the most devastated areas. And given the record of our stabilization programs to date, with every dollar, euro, and dinar tracked and accounted for, and nearly 2 million people back in their homes, this is a worthy investment and helps ensure that ISIS can never return.

The United States last week announced an additional $150 million for these stabilization programs. Today, we are announcing more than $119 million in additional humanitarian assistance, and we hope to see similar contributions from our partners in this room over the coming weeks.

Over the longer term, the Government of Iraq has developed its plans for significant economic reform and investment through 2030, its Vision 2030 plan, a program it presented to the World Bank on Monday. The United States fully supports this initiative and we commend Iraq for its work with the World Bank and the IMF to stabilize its macroeconomic situation and implement key reforms for long-term growth.

Our coalition partner Kuwait – and we welcome the Government of Kuwait here today – at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Sabah will also host a meeting on long-term – long-term reconstruction in Iraq early next year, and we welcome this important initiative.

We also welcome the historic opening between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, marked by Prime Minister Abadi’s breakthrough visit to the kingdom last month and the ongoing work to restore vital commerce routes between Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Jordan.

All of these pieces fit together in a phased approach. Immediate stabilization and essential services follow the military battle. We are right now in that phase in Mosul. Iraqi Government reforms establish conditions for sustainability and growth with support from the IMF and the World Bank. Longer-term reconstruction will be a focus of the Kuwait meeting with the Iraqi Government identifying its prioritized needs. Iraq’s integration into the region allows the private sector to recover. And in parallel, we will continue to train Iraqi Security Forces and support their efforts to ensure that as ISIS is defeated, all armed groups operate under control of the state consistent with the Iraqi constitution and laws. So I look forward to the meetings throughout the course of the day as we discuss these phases and our ongoing global coalition support to Iraq and to the Government of Iraq.

Syria is far more complicated. We do not have a government to work with in Syria. And in the absence of a credible political horizon that allows the Syrian people to determine their fate beyond the Assad regime, here is the reality: The international community will not be prepared to help rebuild Syria. Such a credible political horizon is a necessary condition for significant investments required to restore Syria after a catastrophic civil war.

As a Coalition, however, drawing on the models of what has worked in Iraq and pending a longer-term political settlement, we will focus on immediate stabilization needs of communities freed from ISIS in coalition-enabled operations. Our basic goal is to establish the conditions that will allow the local population from the areas freed of ISIS control to restore life to their communities and voluntarily return IDPs to their homes.

Last month, I visited Syria and walked the streets of Tabqa approximately 40 kilometers just to the west of Raqqa. This city of nearly 90,000 people was a stronghold for ISIS for over three years. It was freed only two months ago in what was a daring military operation across an eight-kilometer stretch of water by helicopter led by our partner Syrian Democratic Forces. Coalition-supported groups cleared IEDs on the main roads only days before we were able to visit. In downtown Tabqa, a civilian council has already formed, led by technocrats – men and women who suffered under ISIS and are now working to restore their community. These are motivated people and they deserve our support.

An initial shipment of aid, nearly 40 tons, reached Tabqa on the day of my visit, and I am very pleased to report that since then – since then, UN agencies and NGOs have arrived in the city to assess and respond to immediate needs. Emergency response teams made up of local people with knowledge – local knowledge and expertise have now formed to identify immediate stabilization sites focused on water, electricity, sewage, and rubble removal. Our development experts are on the ground and working with them. As we identify and assess these sites, members of our coalition will have the opportunity to support their demining and restoration.

On Monday, importantly, in the lead-up to these meetings here in Washington, the Syrian Recovery Trust Fund, the SRTF, approved the expansion of an essential multi-donor mechanism into areas liberated from ISIS, including Raqqa. This is an important and timely decision that will free up potentially hundreds of millions of dollars to address immediate stabilization needs for the local population.

In addition, building on the lessons from Iraq, today we are launching a new initiative within the Coalition Stabilization Working Group, a donor consortium for early recovery in liberated areas. The consortium will aim to unite donors around the restoration of essential services with prioritized project lists drawn from the local population, building on the model that has worked in Iraq.

Inside Raqqa, the battle is ongoing at this hour and is quite intense. Syrian Democratic Forces – the Syrian Democratic Forces have penetrated into the center of the city, overcoming multiple defensive barricades, IED belts, sniper nests, tunnels, and suicide bombers in armored vehicles. They have suffered significant casualties already and there will be more to come as they advance to clear the city, but we are proud to support them.

As the battle unfolds over the coming weeks and months, as we did in Mosul, our stabilization planning will move in parallel. We have identified a hundred critical stabilization sites in and around Mosul* which will be the immediate focus for demining and restoration. Local governance in Raqqa in the initial phases will be led by a Raqqa civilian council now based just north of Raqqa in Ayn Issa. This council includes nearly 120 individuals, most of whom stayed in Syria during the civil war and escaped from Raqqa and other towns within the province as ISIS moved in.

This interim council will receive support from the United States to enable immediate stabilization. It is committed to welcoming back exiles, including members of the former council that temporarily governed Raqqa in 2013, and we encourage these exiles to return to Syria. The council importantly has also committed to hold an election in the city by May of next year for a new council to ensure that the people of Raqqa can choose their own leaders, pending an ultimate solution to the Syrian civil war. And we support this initiative.

As we work to defeat ISIS in Syria, we are also committed to de-escalating the underlying civil war through ceasefires or other arrangements. We are encouraged by recent de-confliction arrangements agreed between our militaries with Russia that have helped enable an accelerated pace of operations against ISIS.

We are also encouraged by the recently agreed ceasefire in southwest Syria, approved by President Trump and President Putin just last week. This initiative was painstakingly negotiated by Jordan, the United States, and Russia. It’s one of many to de-escalate the underlying war, maintain the territorial integrity of Syria, and set the conditions for a Syrian-led political settlement in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. So we call on all sides in this terrible conflict to ensure that adherence to the ceasefire arrangement holds, as it is defined by a very carefully drawn line of contact.

Beyond Iraq and Syria, our coalition is equally focused on ISIS networks and affiliates around the world. Our working groups over the last few days here at the State Department focused intensively on curbing the flow of foreign fighters, countering ISIS finance, countering its false propaganda, and focusing on areas where ISIS seeks to plant roots as it loses its phony caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

We’ve made progress in all of these areas. It’s now extremely difficult for foreign fighters to get into Syria, and we’re grateful for Turkey’s efforts to seal its borders to these fighters. Those who had already entered earlier, it is our mission to ensure that they cannot get out, and they will die in Iraq or Syria. Meanwhile, we are building a global database of known foreign fighters, now with 18,000 verified names with the support of our coalition partner Interpol.

ISIS propaganda is also under strain and lacking credibility, thanks to our work with key partners: UAE, Saudi Arabia, UK, and others, as well as the efforts of the private sector: Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, all of which have recently enhanced their capacity to track and remove ISIS content on a daily basis.

ISIS financing is now nearly all self-generated inside Iraq and Syria, and as it loses territory, it’s losing resources, which our military campaign targets relentlessly. As we know, it’ll take a global network to defeat the ISIS network over the long term, and that is what this coalition represents.

This afternoon, we will discuss extremism and ISIS networks in Africa, and we are pleased to welcome today three of our newest coalition members: Chad, Niger, and Djibouti. We will have an announcement later today on an additional member.

Indeed, as we defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, this extraordinary coalition continues to grow. NATO joined in May, and we are now at 72 members – 68 countries and four international organizations: the EU, Arab League, Interpol, and NATO. It is now one of the largest coalitions of its kind in history.

Of course, we cannot hide from the fact that many countries in this room, many countries within our coalition, do not see eye-to-eye on all issues. And that is the nature of a coalition. It is why we meet regularly in forums like this. There is no question, however, that three years into this global effort we stand united, 72 members from around the globe in common purpose – the destruction of ISIS and the protection of our own citizens and homelands through our joint cooperation.

So on behalf of President Trump, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis, our entire National Security team, I welcome you again to Washington. I look forward to the detailed and candid discussions about the next phase of our campaign.

So I want to thank you – okay. Why don’t I just adlib? Why don’t I give Naufel Hassan five minutes, if that’s okay, to present the views from the Government of Iraq. Because while we are all equal in this coalition, we are all also here to support the Government of Iraq, and we’re grateful that Naufel made the visit all the way from Baghdad. So we’ll give you five minutes, and then we will ask the press to leave, and we’ll start the important meeting. Again, I thank you all for attending. (Applause.)

* Raqqa

MR AL-HASSAN: Well, thank you, Brett.

Thank you, Brett. Good morning, everybody.

It’s three years ago, many people in this city and other cities in the world, include region and even inside Iraq thought Iraq is gone. Hundreds of villages and cities fall by Daesh and destroyed by terrorists. Millions of people left their homes.

When everybody thought Iraq was gone, we said, “No.”

We said, “Iraq will stay.

With more than 5,000 years of civilization, it’s not going to be gone by a terrorist group like Daesh.”

We had a clear vision in that time and we turn that setback to be a turning point for a new Iraq. The fatwa of Marja Ayatollah Sayyid Sistani was that turning point. The clear vision of the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the togetherness from all Iraqis – the volunteers from Basra, from Baghdad, from Najaf, from all Iraq working together make that turning point and make defeat to be a victory, like the moment that we are celebrating the Mosul victory.

We should celebrate together. However, we do need to learn the lessons from not only Mosul city and not only from the recent battles. We also need to remember those people we lost them in the battles, and those people who were injured, their families. We need also to thank the Coalition, the volunteers from Iraq. We stand together and fight.

Everybody talk about the military victory, but it’s not only military victory. It’s a political victory. When we put everybody together – Arab, Kurd, Turkman, other minorities, Muslim, Christian work together, fight together, for one goal, one common goal, which is defeating Daesh.

Now, we say Daesh and their fake state over, but our commitment, it’s not over. Our togetherness, it’s not over. Actually it’s just started. We all need to protect this victory. In order to protect this victory, we need to focus on all the factors that brought this victory. We need to work together and help Iraqi Government to sustain our institution, the level of professionalism that we have it right now for our military forces, federal and local police, the volunteers – al-Hashd al-Shaabi. We also need to work together and understand Daesh came because there was a weaknesses. Daesh came because there was a differences – unmanageable differences.

So in Iraqi Government we have a clear vision where we are heading. As our friend Brett and, before that, our friend Lise mentioned, in the short term we are working together with the UN and other partners for stabilization efforts, our goal to bring all Iraqis who left their home to their home. We need to also work in the other challenge that Iraqi Government face, which is economic and financial challenges, where the oil price is fault. We have economic reform agenda just presented to the World Bank a few days ago, and we are working together with all our partners to make this moment celebrated after we finish all the battle. After we clear Tal Afar, Hawija, and west of Anbar, we need also to work together in term of activate the national security resolutions that deal with the root that make Daesh came to Mosul, the ideology. We need to work together to protect the civilian minorities who live there; villages and cities in Sinjar, in Tal Afar, in Tooz, and many other cities.

I don’t want to take a lot from your time. I would like again to thank the coalition, to our partners who work with us, and looking forward to celebrate the full victory in Iraq soon.

Thank you very much. (Applause.) (link)

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77 Responses to Part II: The Defeat of ISIS – Special U.S. Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk Briefs Media on Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS…

  1. floridahoosier93 says:

    Still not tired of winning.

    Liked by 22 people

  2. alliwantissometruth says:

    A lot of lives could be saved if we just used Obama’s war strategy of having James Taylor sing songs to ISIS
    (well OK, & aiding & abetting ISIS, screwing over our allies…… uh, never mind)

    But this, this is not just smart but critical to long term success if it’s actually implemented properly…

    “Immediate stabilization and essential services follow the military battle. We are right now in that phase in Mosul. Iraqi Government reforms establish conditions for sustainability and growth with support from the IMF and the World Bank”

    Liked by 12 people

    • In Az says:

      Don’t forget that Obama had to be called for every little thing the military did, and it took two weeks for a decision to be made. I bet the military had to ask where they could relieve themselves and when and how.

      Now there is PC overload and moslem appeasement in the military that may never be rooted out

      Liked by 4 people

      • lastinillinois says:

        You mean Val Jarrett had to be called.

        Thats what I thought you meant.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Maquis says:

        The BGI has paved that road to irrelevance and incompetence already.

        I’ve lived that, one tour in Korea, couple decades back, the most racially charged environment I’ve ever been in. Fueled 100% by BGI tropes and their animosity towards the Korean people, and Whitey, of course.

        Leadership paralyzed, some bosses needing to spend hours out of every day to let their worst workers vent their rage whilst they seek to mollify them, instructing their supervisors to give those miscreants a top rating while the same bosses ding the men that attempt to enforce proper military bearing.


        Hassan will not be the last.

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    • Speaking of Obama alliwantissometruth, he must be sobbing hysterically some where right now.

      Surely he has realized that his crackpot plan to allow ISIS to grow like it did under his administration is completely over and done with.

      Pres Trump promised to wipe ISIS off the face of the earth if I remember right.

      With the help of these amazing people in this coalition, I believe the job will get done.

      God Bless every single one of them.

      Liked by 17 people

      • Maquis says:

        Amen. And may God account the crimes of ISIS to the head of it’s creator, Muslim Brother Obama, who wilfully abandoned the Iraqi people to the fools in their government exacting generational vengeance, and to a weak undisiplined security force. He knew Al-Queda in Iraq was far from a spent force.

        Justice in this Life, this World, would be sweet.

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        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          Also other ISIS supporters are McCain, Hillary, McMuffin, Brennan-run CIA, etc….

          It may be why McCain had a blood clot–he was shocked his beloved ISIS friends are gone. One wonders….


  3. mikebrezzze says:

    Trump has reversed Bush’s invasion and Obama ‘s appeasement, that’s what makes a Nobel peace prize not some fake ass sh*t obama laid down….IM SAYING IT HERE FIRST….Trump for the Noble Peace Prize!!!

    Liked by 23 people

  4. missmarple2 says:

    300,000 applicants for 3000 positions in the special counter-terrorism forces is quite a change. 5 years ago there would have been hardly any.

    Thomas Wictor (@ThomasWictor on Twitter, recommend following) has said that the Trump Administration’s position is not dictating to the Iraqis, but asking them how we can help. See,s to be working. He also says that there is a push to view things as national pride rather than tribalism.

    Liked by 22 people

    • Wend says:

      LOVE Thomas Wictor!

      Liked by 2 people

    • SpanglishKC says:

      This was a fascinating and enlightening presser. Its a must watch if you Treepers seek truth and understanding and not just headlines. This is so much better than listening to ANY CNN interview. You won’t be asking for your time back.

      McGurk did a great job of explaining the hard work and critical tactics necessary to attempt to bring peace to a region with hopefully long term benefits to our safety and money. #STAYWOKE

      Liked by 2 people

  5. missmarple2 says:

    Watch this video from the Iraqi PMU! There is hope.

    Liked by 12 people

  6. velverfoot says:

    Thanks for posting this Sundance.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. wheatietoo says:

    Heather Nauert is doing a great job.

    And this fellow, Special Envoy Brett McGurk…is impressive.
    Very knowledgeable, with a commanding grasp of the whole situation.
    His soft-spoken demeanor makes him perfect for diplomatic work.

    Liked by 11 people

    • kpm58 says:

      He does have a talent for keeping a multitude of names straight.

      Liked by 1 person

    • SpanglishKC says:

      McGurk was outstanding. Love his poise and clarity. Didn’t back down once and his patience with the dunces was admirable.

      Agree about Ms. Nauert, although I must admit bias as I have always thoguht her quite attractice and that may bias a portion of my thinking. Her facial expressions crack me up… she would make a terrible poker player or the perfect one I suppose depending upon your perspective

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  8. cyn3wulf says:

    If the mainstream media had any self-respect, any commitment to report actual news, this would be all over the place. We see here again that when the media monopolizes their time on fake news, they accomplish two goals: spreading lies and hiding truth.

    I’ve seen people wondering why the mainstream media persists in spreading stories that end up being proven false on virtually the same day they are reported. They know that most people don’t take the time to track down original sources; they rely on what they hear from the news. Even if a majority of people end up distrusting their news media or at least question their reliability, they are still in the dark and don’t know it. They may figure out that the fake news is fake, but most of them will never realize that so many things have been hidden from them.

    The mainstream media are not just peddlers of narratives; they are gatekeepers. We have to show people the false narratives, yes, but we also need to show them the events that never made it through the media gates.

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  9. jeans2nd says:

    “The Government of Iraq is represented here today by Dr. Naufel Hassan from the office of the Prime Minister”
    ” The fatwa of Marja Ayatollah Sayyid Sistani was that turning point.”

    Will take POTUS Trump strategy, tyvm.
    Fatwah this –

    “Ayatollah Sistani is the foremost Shiite scholar in Iraq”

    What Do You Know About Sistani’s Fatwa?

    Liked by 2 people

    • thluckyone says:

      Thanks for bringing this together, jeans2nd. When I read about Ayatollah Sistani calling for the support of “the constitution”, my western mind wants to think “secular” constitution. I sadly realize, however, their constitution is based in Islam.

      Still, their interpretation of Islam does not seem as harsh as the interpretation imposed by the death cult of Daesh. “Wait and see”, I suppose, to find out whether Kurds, Christians and others will have safety in the “liberated” Iraq. We can most certainly pray for God’s intervention on behalf of ALL of them.

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  10. A2 says:

    Great post. Amidst so much politicized blather, this report clears the air. Very informative and a relief to hear of progress being made despite differences. Cooperation and professionalism means hope for the displaced and for the future. Thanks to all.

    Liked by 7 people

  11. A2 says:

    I read it differently. Syria needs to be stabilized first before any political arrangements are made by the Syrians themselves. That is what I understood. Assad needs to face his people, make an accounting after Daesh is defeated and reconstruction begins.Lt the chips fall where they may.

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  12. Sandra-VA says:

    This is an amazing WIN for this administration and for the ME. I especially LOVE that part of the strategy is to allow Iraq to take the credit and the spotlight in this Mosul victory. Very smart, very humble.

    All the work that has been done in such a short space of time… and all because President Trump stood in the gap… such a shame that the MSM will not report any of this to the American people…


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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      This is a wonderful example of something I’ve often said – that Trump would accomplish what Obama SAID he wanted to do, but didn’t. Things that Obama didn’t accomplish, because he either prioritized them lower than his secret agenda, or in fact did not want these things to happen, and sabotaged them.

      Obama SAID he wanted the Middle East states to pull their own weight against Islamic terror. And yet his subversive policies made that completely impossible, as he fed the Islamic terror monster faster than his meager efforts against it.

      Enter TRUMP, who prioritizes in such a way that things ACTUALLY happen. Barely half a year on the job, and ISIS down for the count – mostly by the Iraqis.

      Now correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it a RUSSIAN bomb that killed al Baghdadi?

      So I guess maybe MUHRUSSIA needs a bit of credit, too!

      Liked by 3 people

  13. Sandra-VA says:

    I think it has been made clear that Syrians will decide their own direction, but it has become very obvious and acknowledged by the entire world that Assad must go – he is NOT a good leader and if you think otherwise, then ask the 25k people currently being held in his prisons what they think… or the “disappeared”.

    If you read the entire article above, it should also be clear that this Administration is a facilitator, a champion if you will, of the People – not an invader or dictator. Very different approach being taken now. Did you not note all the strategic alliances that have been formed? The important visit to the ME and GCC?

    I find it all very refreshing and frankly, heartening.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Homesteader says:

      You are exactly right, spren.

      I want to add one thing. I do not like when a legitimate government is referred to as a “regime” just because the word has a negative connotation and is often used to sway public opinion. When I hear that in reference to Assad it makes me want to view everything else they say with a good dose of suspicion. I don’t care who it is that says it either.

      Insert the word “government” where you find the word “regime” and it takes on a whole new flavor. Just the facts, please. I can form my own opinions.


      • Maquis says:

        That’s understandable, but dixtatorships are most appropriately referred to as a regime.

        It does strike a sour note to the ears of Free Americans, as it should. We have a pronounced distaste for such forms, it is anethema to our moral constitution. But it is a legitimate term of reference for that practice.


  14. 4sure says:

    Kinda new to all this. Been seeing “Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    July 13, 2017 at 9:46 pm ” What does this mean?



  15. BakoCarl says:

    I would love to see the salient info from this brief, with the addition of some other pertinent information supporting the victories in the battle to defeat ISIS, presented by 2 or 3 very knowledgeable briefers at a live White House press briefing with cameras and then open the floor to the press for questions only on this topic.

    Off-topic questions will be greeted with “OK, that’s off-topic. OK, umm, Ed.”, until all on-topic questions are answered or until a very generous amount of questions have been asked and answered and time passed. Then the briefing will end without a single off-topic question addressed.

    I could really listen to something like that.

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  16. Sunshine says:

    Finally, reporters asking intelligent questions. The strategy is working out very well. So many Islamic State sub-groups everywhere of which Al Shabaab and Boko Haram that will have to be dealt with.
    Getting the Russians to bring in troops in Syria is a great idea; working together and not against each other toward a shared successful resolution.
    This isn’t over but we’re on the way to a fully liberated Mid-East.

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  17. fleporeblog says:

    What I loved the most is that the plan doesn’t stop with Iraq and Syria! They discussed all the other areas in the world that they will track these animals down and kill them. I also love that the coalition countries are paying the majority of money towards the stabilization and rebuilding process. I can’t wait for the night our President speaks to the country to announce that ISIS has been eradicated off the face of the earth because we change the rules from containment to Annihilation!

    Liked by 6 people

    • Will Janoschka says:

      Vice-grips, metal file, and dial Caliper: Shall never be collocated, except by members of the ISIL! -will-

      Liked by 2 people

    • SpanglishKC says:

      I absolutely loved the strategy of completely surrounding ISIS and eliminating them from the face of the earth and NOT allowing them to respawn elsewhere! Wish I could remember his exact quote as it’s a keeper.

      Would love to be a fly on the wall listening to Barry kicking his dog as he whines about how WEAK he looks right now to those in the know…LOSER!!!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Will Janoschka says:

      You do not truck with folk with years of experience! I tried that once with the toolmakers in the model shop. Drawing is 3/16 x 3″ diameter 6061 aluminum plate (can top) with 1/4″ tapped center hole, RH version shown, LH opposite! Work order called out one each LH.
      Part received was perzactly 3″ diameter with 5 mm center hole, with note: “Fool please return and supply 1/4″ LH tap. Our The $600,000 SIP jig borer does indeed rotate anti clockwise when needed”

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      • vidlbis says:

        Will – I absolutely love this comment and everything and anything

        that even a little bit smacks of machinist-type vibe-ing stuff.

        I have no idea how it applies to Fleporeblog’s comment, though.

        Maybe you can elaborate?

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        • Will Janoschka says:

          The idea was not to mess with years of experience. Both the US and Russian military do have years of experience killing folk but not for television. ISIL are the kiddies/actors on the block. I do mean harvest: Capture what is not killed; then feet first into an Asplundh wood chipper. Cook all remains a bit and pack in tuna fish cans. Label such as ISIL kitty cat food, available at better pet stores!
          BTW they sent the unfinished part back because my draftsman did not call out thread pitch and I didn’t catch it! The draftsman also with years of experience told the toolmakers such was coming along!

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  18. “What I loved the most is that the plan doesn’t stop with Iraq and Syria! They discussed all the other areas in the world that they will track these animals down and kill them.”

    I agree! Please revise “that they will track these animals down and kill them.: To that ‘they will track these varmints down and harvest them for that protein suitable for kitty-kat food only’! -will-

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    • SpanglishKC says:


      “drive out the terrorists and extremists. Drive. Them. Out. DRIVE THEM OUT of your places of worship. DRIVE THEM OUT of your communities. DRIVE THEM OUT of your holy land, and DRIVE THEM OUT OF THIS EARTH.”

      ” to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism.”

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  19. Janice says:

    God Bless this great coalition! God Bless our President!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Will Janoschka says:

    Better than chum. however ISIL members appear much less sentient than beef, pork, mutton, or even fowl!


  21. scott467 says:

    “The D-ISIS coalition forces took the approach to encircle ISIS strongholds so they could wipe out ISIS; and not just defeat them. The goal was to prevent any retreat or escape strategy where the extremist ideology could possibly reformulate later on. The strategy, while harsh, has been intensely successful.”


    It was not harsh. It was merciful. If justice in this world had been meted out, they all would have been tortured to death, slowly.

    They are animals who ceased to be human when they began torturing and murdering for sport, in the most graphic and inhumane ways conceivable, even corrupting and teaching children to do the same.

    They left this world with far less suffering than their victims did.

    They should count themselves lucky.

    Then comes the Judgment.

    Where luck will not be a factor.


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  22. MOA says:

    The Saudis support ISIS.
    OMG….you mean TRex didn’t know?


  23. MOA says:

    And best not to forget…the reason the US supports Saudi is because they are the swing producer and respond to US macro policy.

    If Saudi had no oil it would be a pariah state bombed back to the stone age due to its bankrolling, originating and protection of US murdering muslim terrorists…911, Osama Bin, ISIS etc


    • Will Janoschka says:

      “And best not to forget…the reason the US supports Saudi is because they are the swing producer and respond to US macro policy.”

      Indeed! “OMG….you mean TRex didn’t know?”

      TRex does know, unlike the state-secretaries of Bush and O’bummer! Keep your friends close, but enemies even closer, the two always distinct in proper diplomacy!


  24. Steve in Lewes says:

    Obama’s ISIS strategy – those poor ISIS folks just need jobs!
    PDJT’s ISIS strategy – 300,000 applicants for 3000 positions in the special counter-terrorism forces for Iraqis!
    Obama’s Illegal immigration strategy – let’s give them American jobs.
    PDJT’s Illegal immigration strategy – deport the illegals, give those American jobs to AMERICANS!

    Obama was just half-azz backwards! Oops! what else is new!


  25. NJF says:

    Thanks for the informative and winning update SD!


  26. Alleycats says:

    Wow. Thank you Sundance. I would never have known such progress was being made, and the details therein, were it not for your research and reporting to us.

    Liked by 2 people

  27. lelanddiaz says:

    That is weird to watch. Normal questions being answered very well. It is like a real press conference.


  28. Killdozer says:

    isis mice is retards ,you have to wagg something better then that “were crushing isis” wow and evil Assad too and stfu ,Me and my sick mom can take out isis , you can see them drugged out freak bi sexual s a mile away , Dont waste my M F in time with this isis crap, We want the DC swamp !! we want the dc isis backers ,awan brothers , we want the soul less pizza people ,we want preet ,comey and clapper , now !! > not isis mice is ,let Hassan Nasrallah `s Hezbollah take care of them like they have been doing since 2011 ,step the fuq off of this bullsh!t deep state agenda and clean up you own swamp here ,I know isis is easer and it keeps deep state happy but f isis clean the swamp and sell this isis sh!t to McCain

    Liked by 1 person

    • Maquis says:

      Perhaps, as Trump’s cruise missiles were a message to not just Assad, but the World, perhaps the display of brutally efficient dispatch of Evil and merciful yet non-dependancy-forming care for the Innocent is also a message to the World? Are not others watching, if not irrefusably drawn into tbe fold themselves? Did not Reagan’s welcoming our Iranian hostages back on the day he took office signal to the World that a new boss was in town? NOT the same as the old pink hat boss? (Carter’s hat was made from the pelt of a frowned rabbit.)

      President Trump loves his family, as do we all. He wants for his future generations a prosperous strong safe America, a prosperous World that is much safer than now. He is not to willing to abandon them to the tender ministrations of Radical Islam. Nor us and ours.

      It is eternally twilight for America in the minds of the Socialist Totalitarian Left that despises our Virtue and Exceptionalism and wishes to see us humiliated and dominated by a Sadomachocistic Ideology of Nihilism. The Left is free to expire. May it do so quietly, no more whining, no whimpers, just go away. Our, and God’s, children will take it from here.

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