Part III: The Defeat of ISIS: More From U.S. Special Envoy Brett McGurk…

Part I is HERE.  Part II is HERE.  Because U.S. President Trump’s special envoy Brett McGurk was so good at explaining the current state of issues in Iraq and Syria in Part II, we are revisiting his overview to the D-ISIS alliance in this part III.

Mr. McGurk is speaking to the 70 nations who are part of the coalition to defeat ISIS (“D-ISIS”) globally, not just regionally.  However, the majority of the current confrontation is happening within Iraq and Syria.

The stunning video (see here) and stories (example here) from the liberation of Mosul are honestly some of the most remarkable foreign conflict events in the past century.

[Transcript] 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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54 Responses to Part III: The Defeat of ISIS: More From U.S. Special Envoy Brett McGurk…

  1. Alison says:

    Thank you, Sundance. This is all fascinating information, and mostly good news.

    What a travesty that 24-hour ‘news’ channels don’t see fit to provide this kind of coverage & education.

    Liked by 20 people

    • Southern Son says:

      Yes, Thank You Sundance and Crew, for staying at altitude, and giving Us Substance, to enjoy MAGA’s associated Victories.
      Thankfully, AG Sessions isn’t Required to prove Imminent Convictions in the ME region.
      He can concentrate on Domestic Justice, without the flak.
      Presidents Trumps various agendas, areally all getting done, despite the detractors and naysayers.
      It isn’t really that surpriseing, that D-ISIS
      (I Love this!) is coming in Under Budget, and Ahead of Schedule.
      For Eight years, ISIS was spawned and Supported by many in Our Government, so subsequently, Nothing was really done to defeat them.
      These same GlobalCommieProgs, are All working together, Against Our President and DOJ, to prevent their fellow travelers from being Prosecuted.
      Unfortunately, many refuse to recognize or acknowlege this, and insist on sowing desention and discord.
      It’s Great!, that P45 can get so much Cooperation abroad.
      Because he sure ain’t gettin’ it here.
      Not even from those Supposedly on Our Side.

      Press ON! President Trump!!
      Those same people didn’t want us to Believe you would be President either.
      They are Too Stubborn to Admit this Fact.
      But many of Us Know who they are.

      Liked by 10 people

    • ilcon says:

      You mean this is not on FNN?

      Liked by 2 people

  2. The Boss says:

    There appears to be the makings of a plan to repatriate refugees. A bigger plan than meets the eye. I suspect the boats and trains will one day soon be running FROM the EU and other places TO the Mideast and Northern Africa.

    Liked by 11 people

  3. AmSa/Mx says:

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  4. Marygrace Powers says:

    To all the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces
    I thank you for your service and pray everyday for your safe return.

    Our troops face a vicious enemy fighting with horrific weaponry
    courtesy of Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton who gave birth to ISIS.

    Liked by 10 people

  5. wheatietoo says:

    I liked what Dr. Naufel Hassan had to say…with regard to “protecting the victory”.

    He is right.
    Daesh/ISIS sprang up because Obama pulled out of Iraq too soon.
    He put it diplomatically, but that is what he meant.

    The Iraqis want us to stay there and help their military for a while…and I don’t have a problem with that.
    It’s not ‘nation building’ if we are there to simply help out with security.

    But they need to understand that we don’t want to be there forever.
    So they’ll need to work to build up their own forces so we can leave.

    Liked by 9 people

  6. bessie2003 says:

    Powerful and Wonderful changes are afoot.

    Liked by 4 people

  7. reenahovermale says:

    I’m so proud of my country!

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Sayit2016 says:

    It is amazing once there is actual Leadership, a plan in place and a CLEAR Objective what can be accomplished…..bottom line ( sorry to be a bit of a jerk on this- forgive me or not) but President Trump is SAVING Presidents Bush’s vision of freedom for Iraq, as in my opinion was all but lost – due to the lack of leadership, fecklessness and sheer stupidity of Obama. This is a bitter pill for me in some ways….. as I lost friends and family fighting this war ( From Gulf I to current) —-the loss of life was hard enough….. to see their sacrifice SQUANDERED was intolerable. This is a hard fought, hard won ( and winning in progress) war….they are literally grinding through this-and it still rages.

    I do not care how they are doing it or what they are doing to get it done – I care about the obvious results.

    When a leader delegates to the right people… things can be set straight in record time…..

    To bad the idiot media does not focus on THIS instead of crap that never happened.

    Liked by 9 people

    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      The idiot media does not focus on THIS because it illuminates zero’s failure.

      Liked by 7 people

    • wheatietoo says:

      Obama did it on purpose.

      He wanted the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Caliphate to rise up and take over the Mideast.
      He agitated the ‘Arab Spring’ from behind the scenes, knowing full well what would happen.

      This disaster was not an “Ooops” that we can dismiss as ‘lack of leadership’ or feckless stupidity.

      Just like with ObamaCare…this was done on purpose, with malevolent intent.
      He had a lot of help though.

      Liked by 11 people

      • Sayit2016 says:

        It just makes one wonder..why would Obama want to be President of a country he clearly hated…..

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        • Southern Son says:

          To Destroy It!

          Liked by 6 people

        • wheatietoo says:

          That’s simple…he was on a mission to destroy it.

          He was raised on hatred for this country.
          And communism.
          Once you understand this…everything he did makes sense.

          Liked by 6 people

        • Rock Knutne says:

          He never in his wildest dreams thought he’d be President. Or thought he could be until he was chosen as a controllable dupe by those who have the power to make that happen.
          He was perfect for the leftists. Like Biden said. “Clean and articulate”. They knew they had to create his whole personae and hide everything true about him. Go ahead, see if you can find out his grades or anything from his past without being called a racist or worse.
          His hatred for this country was part of why he was chosen.

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    • frank field says:

      Obama was not, is not stupid. Obama was, is evil. Intelligent. With forethought. Evil.

      Please give Obama no benefit of doubt. Please think long and hard before you do.

      Obama is evil

      Liked by 2 people

    • Benson II says:

      One of the most striking illuminations of the article was the totally efficient training, use and astounding success of the Iraqi military. It just goes to show the efforts of the Bush years were totally ineffective. Weren’t we led to believe they were untrainable cowards? The amount of work, co-ordination and effort put into this on all the necessary levels is remarkable.

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  9. BebeTarget says:

    WOW, what a report! Thank you Sundance. This information should be discussed on every news channel. Most people have no idea what these countries have faced and all that has been accomplished. Everyone involved must be commended for foe doing the right thing at the right time and in the right place. President Trump’s call to fight for our civilization has been heard and acted upon. V for victory!! Congratulations to those who never gave up.

    Liked by 8 people

  10. Grad says:

    Remember the other Iraq wars, 24 hour coverage of shock and awe, etc. This is much more awesome and no one knows about it.

    Liked by 8 people

  11. Minnie says:

    Thank you, Sundance, for presenting, again, what radical media never will.

    Regardless of the naysayers and inpatient, this Administration is going above and beyond in their duty to this country, all at the behest of our amazing President.

    Helps me sleep at night 👍

    Liked by 7 people

  12. rjcylon says:

    I’ve learned a lot from watching these. This is ACTUAL news. It upsets me that most Americans will never know we are actually beating ISIS, because it’s not related to a fake Russia narrative.

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Icestation3 says:

    What is this ceasefire in Syria? It can’t surely be the Trump administration stopping Russia and allies of Assad killing Isis in Syria. Oh yes it is!

    Like

  14. Aintree77 says:

    I’m glad to see McGurk getting some media praise and coverage for all of the hard work he does for his country. Unfortunately, most of the media ignores these incredible efforts because they are positive news for the Trump admin.
    I am very impressed with McGurk as a person and as a Special POTUS Envoy.

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  15. youme says:

    The Fall of Mosul – A historical documentary on how 1500 ISIS extremists were able to take control of a modern city of 1.8 million people. It covers ancient history, the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Syrian civil war, and more.

    Like

    • georgiafl says:

      QUOTE:
      “One of the reasons the liberation was delayed was because ISIS was holed up in a building with civilians in the basement,” McGurk said, recalling ISIS’s use of civilian shields.

      “[ISIS] slaughtered, starved, and raped everything in that city. I don’t have words to describe this,” Rasool said. The Iraqi Security Forces battle for Mosul is “something that’s going to be taught in war colleges for years to come,” he added.

      Despite the declaration of victory from the Iraqi Security Forces, pockets of ISIS fighters remain in some parts of Mosul and control some smaller cities. “There’s a lot of mopping up and back clearing to be done, Operation Inherent Resolve commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told Pentagon reporters Tuesday. Townsend expects ISIS to revert to a terrorist insurgency in some parts of Iraq and to continue to put up a fierce fight in cities that remain under its control.

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  16. nimrodman says:

    Just a quick word: on Fox News TV today there was some discussion about this recent victory and there was an ex-General on as commentator. He gave a caution that some combatants are “escaping through the Euphrates River valley (I think it was) back toward Iran or maybe at least eastern Iraq, and that “we better get a strategy for that real quick.”

    Take it for what you think it’s worth, it’s just something I heard. Maybe some of our commenters here that are better informed might have something to say about that. Pretty sure it was an ex-General, it for sure wasn’t that Col Peters guy that’s on all the time.

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    • nimrodman says:

      … oh, and I didn’t catch enough to know whether it was in regard to the Mosul conflict specifically, he might have been referring to events in Syria or elsewhere.

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    • CaptainNonno says:

      Tony Schafer I think. If he knows, so do our forces. They will be chased down.

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  17. georgiafl says:

    “Al Queda Is Strongest In Syria Where It Could Incorporate Failing ISIS”

    “Al Qaeda is strongest in Syria, where it has used the conditions created by the Syrian civil war and [the U.S.-led coalition’s] Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS to establish deep sanctuary in the northwest and position itself to expand farther into the Syrian theater,” Zimmerman told lawmakers.

    “Al Qaeda has set conditions for the future establishment of an Islamic emirate—not necessarily under al Qaeda’s name—that will secure al Qaeda’s objective to build an Islamic polity in Syria,” she reiterated, adding, “The Syrian al Qaeda network is one of the best-resourced nodes in al Qaeda because of Syria’s primacy in the global theaters for jihad. Syria remains a top destination for al Qaeda’s foreign-fighter flow, creating a large foreign recruitment base.”

    https://counterjihadreport.com/2017/07/14/house-witnesses-al-qaeda-strongest-in-syria-where-it-could-incorporate-failing-islamic-state/

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  18. trapper says:

    How impressive the organized pursuit of the “day after” plans for Iraq and Syria. How quickly they were formulated and implemented.

    But my thoughts while reading this turned to the American heartland. True, it was not devastated by a shooting war against foreign terrorists. But driving through the heart of America, through state after state and town after town of empty and dilapidated factories, tumble-down warehouses, parking lots formerly filled with workers’ cars that now sprout waist-high weeds through the cracks, through downtowns with nothing left but empty storefronts and “antique” shops where locals sell off their families’ belongings for money to live on and where the only businesses left are the bars, where teens dawdle with no hope and no jobs after high school, where the big city scourges of heroin addiction and street gangs have taken root and thrive, where a generations-long continuity of small town lives and communities has been replaced by depression, opioid addiction, and early death, my question is: where is America’s day-after plan? Where is the day-after plan for America after the Wall Street globalists’ decades-long war on us?

    Good for Iraq. Good for the Kurds. But more than half the children in Illinois receive medical care through Medicaid and other publicly funded healthcare schemes. Half. Health insurance used to be part of the benefits their parents received through their jobs, but when their jobs went to China so did their health insurance. The jobs are gone. We’re still here. And the Republican plan is to reduce Medicaid, and reduce taxes on those making over $200,000 per year.

    Mr. McGurk has been doing a terrific job. Perhaps he could now be redeployed, given a new portfolio as special envoy to America. Why do Americans have to wait? God knows we need him too.

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    • youme says:

      This is why Trump was elected. What government would deliberately off shore their industrial base and at the same time leave their borders open only to drive down the wages of the American people? Trump focused on these issues when he ran for President. No other politician in the last 30 years has ever done that.
      When government turns against is citizens it is time to clean house. A pox on all of these politicians.

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    • Benson II says:

      Maybe the problem is common sense Americans are just waking up to what has been done over the last many decades. Maybe the problem is we can’t root out and kill those who are trying to destroy our country instead we have to fight them in a different way that doesn’t include a quick victory. We need to have the same stamina and will power the left has used on us to overcome them. Let’s hope it doesn’t take decades to defeat them.

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  19. jjs says:

    But he didn’t mention global warming as the biggest issue we face? He’s a denier I assume?

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  20. dayallaxeded says:

    Daesh delenda est! Hooray and Hallelujah! Anyone who implies sarc is a a maroon!

    The fact that PDJT’s admin could achieve this much in so short a time is objective proof 0’bunghole was not trying to eliminate Daesh and was probably helping them. Let the trials and executions of traitors begin!

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