Eight Months After Taking Office ISIS on Brink of Defeat In Raqqa…

Had this been any other president and this would be leading the nightly news.  Eight months after taking office and changing the battle strategy, ISIS loses control over their self-declared capital in Raqqa, Syria.

Over the weekend a convoy of ISIS fighters surrendered in Raqqa leaving approximately 200-300 fighters to mount their last stand to the death.

According to Reuters and CBS reports the liberation of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State, has not yet been declared by the U.S. coalition, yet the declaration remains only a formality.  U.S.-backed militia forces are celebrating as the final house-to-house clearing takes place to get rid of the remaining ISIS remnants.

(Via CBS) – RAQQA, Syria — There’s been no official declaration of victory, but U.S.-backed fighters in Raqqa aren’t waiting for one.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is finished in Raqqa, they said, after hundreds of extremists surrendered over the weekend.

They’ve had some help from U.S. airstrikes, but the Syrian militiamen that did the fighting on the ground are the very definition of a ragtag army.  (read more)

And Now Today:

RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) – U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State’s one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month offensive for the city to the brink of victory.

A Reuters correspondent saw smoke rising above the city and heard mortar fire, but did not see air strikes while in Raqqa.

A field commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, said he expected the operation to end on Monday. The U.S.-led coalition that backs them said it could not give a timeline.

SDF spokesman Mostafa Bali said they were fighting Islamic State in only one small zone of Raqqa in the evening, around the city’s national hospital and stadium.

Bali said he could not determine how much longer the battle would take. “The clashes are ongoing,” he added.  (read more)

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142 Responses to Eight Months After Taking Office ISIS on Brink of Defeat In Raqqa…

  1. cyn3wulf says:

    ” I’m sorry, we’re going to keep winning…”

    Liked by 32 people

  2. Ziiggii says:

    This is “YUGE!”

    Liked by 15 people

  3. Minnie says:

    Remarkable!

    I suppose there’s some good that CBS and Reuters covered this news.

    Liked by 8 people

    • And that is the big problem with the MSM. They report soooo much B.S. trying to influence we the people that when they do report on a newsworthy event it is like yeah, so what. And it should not be that way. When will they ever learn?

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Running Fast says:

    Hard fought and historic. Imagine where we can go if we keep electing people like President Trump!?

    Seriously… how do we go about finding, nurturing and electing MAGA people?

    Congratulations to the soldiers, commanders and leaders who made this happen.

    Liked by 20 people

  5. Jim says:

    The first picture Sundance posted above is outstanding. Have seen it before and it speaks volumes about these two men without saying a single word. MAGA!

    Liked by 12 people

  6. prettiestone says:

    That representation of President Trump and President Obama says it all. Picture perfect. Thanks, Sundance.

    Liked by 7 people

  7. chojun says:

    I just noticed that we haven’t heard from Bashaar al Assad lately. The US-Russia relationship via Syria is a complicated one. There are people on twitter such as @sahouraxo (Sarah Abdallah) who are pro Syrian (and also Pro-Trump and Pro-Putin) who are championing the progress in Syria. They’ve also been vociferously vocal about John McCain’s involvement in Syria and how his interference has contributed greatly to the bloodshed in Syria.

    Once ISIS has been forever defeated and completely eliminated in Syria, I have a feeling that the conflict will turn towards Turkish intervention in the region. I also wonder what Iran’s strategic position will be toward the Assad regime once ISIS is eliminated in Syria.

    The situation is just so complicated over there – we’re so fortunate to have someone in Donald Trump who has absolutely no interest in being tangled up in that region.

    Liked by 17 people

    • rsanchez1990 says:

      The next flashpoint in the Middle East is Kurdistan. They tried asking President Trump about it earlier today and he has not committed to a side yet, he just wants peace in the region. But the Kurds are in Iraq and Turkey, so any moves towards independence by the Kurds would necessarily involve Turkish intervention in the region. President Trump did acknowledge the great help the Kurds have been in handling ISIS, so I think he will step in as mediator if necessary. If the Turks, Iraqis, and Kurds can resolve the issue of Kurdistan by themselves, which I think is what President Trump ideally wants to happen, then great.

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      • keeler says:

        Kurds are in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran- with a small pockets in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

        Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.

        Liked by 2 people

      • IMOP, the Kurds deserve they’re own independent “state”…
        They have fought very “bravely” against,, ISIS, Terrorist(s), Saddam Hussain, etc etc..
        Our previous administration(s) have let them down repeatedly…
        Iran/Iraq/Turkey will NOT let them have it, as they would have control over YUGE amounts of Oil reserves…
        If I’m not mistaken..
        Are they not also Majority Christian also?
        (correct Me if I’m wrong on that count)…

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        • keeler says:

          Majority are Sunnis, but there are Shi’as, Yazidis, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, and other faiths as well as some Soviet-style Marxists. It’s that part of the world- where everything bumps into everything else.

          Liked by 6 people

        • rsanchez1990 says:

          To add to what keeler said, they also would have control over significant oil deposits in the territory of their proposed state.

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    • peachteachr says:

      I think we will begin to see the fruit of his relationship with Gen. el Sisi. He was one of the first foreign leaders to call Pres. Trump on Nov. 8th. Egypt is a great ally.
      Today, Pres. Trump brought up the Green Revolution and said he wanted good for the people of Iran.
      Pitch perfect tone.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Remember when they (the Green Movement) revolted and called out for Obama’s help, asking if he was with them, and he ignored them? So many were arrested and imprisoned. Most Americans were puzzled by this, until we got to know the real Obama.

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  8. dufrst says:

    Liberation

    Liked by 27 people

  9. Blacksmith8 says:

    hey obysmal never had a magic wand that’s why he failed

    Liked by 4 people

  10. STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE:
    WaPo’s Brightest Dimwits and GWB’s Brain Trust painted themselves IDIOTS a year ago on 9/24/16:

    • “To fight the Islamic State terrorist group, Donald Trump would “bomb the s— out of” their oil fields or “bomb the hell out of ISIS.” Or maybe neither of those things.
    • “The scattered ideas that Trump has offered publicly have often been contradictory, impossible or even illegal — alarming many national security and foreign policy experts in both parties.
    • “I don’t think he has a well-thought-through position on anything,” said Eliot Cohen, a top State Department official during the George W. Bush administration who helped organize an anti-Trump open letter earlier this year. “I don’t think he’s read much, I don’t think he’s studied these issues. I think, like with so many other topics, he’s just emoting.”

    “I would bomb the s— out of them,” Trump said of Islamic State-controlled oil fields at a rally last year in Iowa. “I would just bomb those suckers. And that’s right: I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refineries. I would blow up every single inch. There would be nothing left.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-vows-to-utterly-destroy-isis–but-he-wont-say-how/2016/09/24/911c6a74-7ffc-11e6-8d0c-fb6c00c90481_story.html

    Liked by 11 people

  11. rvsueandcrew says:

    Haha! In the first photo George Washington’s head is turned away from Obama and he appears to be looking at President Trump.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. TreeperInTraining says:

    I’ve been watching all this with hesitant reserve. We invested millions of dollars of funding and training into this bunch of hired mercenaries.

    All it took was a man with a different vision….and a President with gonads who ended another one of Obama’s failed schemes. The “covert” arming of various jihadi groups . When I heard back in July that Trump was ending this program….I was beyond thrilled, as I expected to hate all of his foreign policy decisions.

    I was never a Trump Train Broad (I’m a hesitant hanger on type), but this decision alone makes me very proud of my vote for Donald Trump.

    Kudos, Mr. President.

    Imhoo

    Liked by 19 people

    • AM says:

      I’m glad you’re here. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • Michael says:

      Excellent point.

      IMHO this causes enormous complications and backlash.
      I learned about this years ago in a book I was reading. It is from the Qur’an.

      “”The best thing is to work honestly in their property, and if you mix your affairs with theirs, then they are your brothers. ”

      In the Middle East if you mix in the affairs of others
      (and therefore in their eyes become their brothers)
      and THEN renege you have quite possibly made permanent enemies.
      They cannot understand or trust people who behave this way. (I can’t either)
      I wish the USA would just stay the heck out of the tar pits.

      Liked by 3 people

  13. Publius2016 says:

    Destroy ISIS! No need to talk…just smash!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. lastinillinois says:

    No more ISIS?

    No wonder Lindsey has had so much free time for golf lately.

    What hobbies will McCain and Kinzinger pick up to fill their time?

    Liked by 7 people

  15. decisiontime16 says:

    What great news!, so many people are free now of these Butchers for Allah. So thankful!

    Liked by 8 people

  16. Michael says:

    As Sundance points general public won’t hear a word of this. So sad!

    Liked by 5 people

    • TreeperInTraining says:

      Eh….the general public ignored all things Syria until one little boy drowned on a beach…because the drowned child fit their narrative. Few on the left card about Brown Lives, otherwise. Narrative only.

      The crimes against humanity and God continued to pile up in Libya and Syria day after day…and the left all played the Ostrich Game.

      Even if every media positively reported the status of the current situation, few would care. If it doesn’t have to do with transexuals, hating America, banning books, removing offensive statues or any and all things anti Trump, these people aren’t interested.

      Heck….one of our rebels are a human heart…and uploaded a video of it to youtube, and nobody batted an eye.

      The defeat of this killing machine the former president referred to as”The JV Team” won’t even be on the Progs radar.

      I’m bitter. I know alot of you that followed this stuff probably are, too. Sigh.

      Liked by 3 people

  17. LBB says:

    Our goal was to kill ISIS in Iraq & Syria. Not sure what happens now with Iran and others.

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  18. keeler says:

    Mainstream media is already shifting narratives, turning focus towards the tension between Kurdish and Iraqi forces. This, more than anything, is a sign to me that ISIS- as a functioning state- is about finished. Mainstream media has to find the dark lining in the silver cloud.

    Still a lot of work to be done. The Russians and Syrians pushed hard from Palmyra to Deir al zor a couple weeks ago. They broke the three year siege on the city but ISIS quickly took regained fire control over the highway between the two cities and still have it. I expect there’s going to be a long phase of guerrilla type warfare and much back and forth over the hills and mountains along the major transportation routes. ISIS fighters also pulled this trick in Mosul, using tunnels to sneak into areas in western Mosul that had been clear for months just at the battle was ending. Took a couple days to regain control and mop them all up.

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  19. C. Lowell says:

    Apparently it’s easier to defeat ISIS when you fight rather than support them… Who knew?

    Liked by 18 people

  20. Merle Marks says:

    this is what happens when A BOSS IS THE BOSS!! MAGA

    Liked by 1 person

  21. stats guy says:

    This is where the RINO party stands with the Left. If Barry had done this the Dems would be pushing for a President for life.

    Mitch et al. won’t say a peep. And Mitch is so frail, the President has to steady him walking up the two steps from the podium. Oh, no..but Mitch has a ‘business’ model…right. And if you don’t fit in you can’t be a Senator. Every time the RINOs start talking about Todd Akin, you know they are lying. Akin endorsed by the GOP.

    Lyin come naturally to RINOs…it is part of their business plan.

    Liked by 2 people

    • TreeperInTraining says:

      I have always believed…and not much could convince me otherwise, that Mitch, Lindsey and John, etc. have their fingers in the pie called arms manufacturing and trading.

      A hunch. That’s all.

      Liked by 4 people

  22. RedBallExpress says:

    Trump has the ISIS affiliate NFL on the run also.

    Liked by 5 people

  23. President Trump has ALREADY made good on ALL of his first Foreign Policy speech on 4/27/17:

    • √ Mr Trump said under his presidency Isis would disappear “very, very quickly” through his long-term plan to prevent the spread of radical Islam. “I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how. We must as a nation be more unpredictable. Containing the spread of radical Islam must be a major foreign policy goal of the United States and indeed the world.”
    • √ “We will spend what we need to rebuild our military. Our military dominance must be unquestioned,” he said.
    • √ “We are also going to have to change our trade, immigration and economic policies to make our economy strong again – and to put Americans first again.”
    • √ [Announced] his disdain for the Iran nuclear deal and for some of America’s free trade deals – but also offered glimpses of moderation, for example on relations with the Muslim world.  
    • √ Making no reference to his pledge to block Muslims from entering the US, he spoke for instance of cultivating Middle East allies to counter terrorism.  
    • √ “We’re going to be working very closely with our friends in the Muslim world, which are all at risk for violent attacks,” he said.
    • √ He spoke in more or less unspecific terms of seeking improved relations with Russia and China. [Trump’s “Unpredictable” doctrine]
    • √ “I will not hesitate to deploy military force when there is no alternative,” he offered.  
    • √ “But if America fights, it must fight to win. I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary – and will only do so if we have a plan for victory.”
    • √ Changes he promised included obliging nations assisted by the US to give something back, whatever that might be.“This has to be a two-way street,“ he said. ”They must also be good to us. It’s no longer one way, it’s two way.”  
    • √ While he held back from threatening to undo Nato, he repeated his call on all members to fulfill their commitment to pay at least 2 per cent of GDP on defence.  He said he would call for a summit of Nato countries, if he is elected, to discuss the alliance’s future. 
    • √ He used the speech also to reiterate his willingness to reverse generations of Republican free trade doctrine. “We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism,“ Mr Trump said, denouncing all agreements ”that tie us up and bring America down.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-isis-foreign-policy-speech-us-election-2016-a7004371.html

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  24. scott467 says:

    “U.S.-backed militia forces are celebrating as the final house-to-house clearing takes place to get rid of the remaining ISIS remnants.”

    _______________

    Traitor McCain must be devastated.

    Liked by 6 people

    • scott467 says:

      Along with his Middle Eastern touring pals, Adam Kinzinger and Evan McMuffin.

      Liked by 1 person

      • joeknuckles says:

        Send them all over there to meet with the survivors in Raqaa, but first send those pictures of the 3 of them meeting with the ISIS leaders before their reign of terror began.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Symsense says:

      mcCIAn as I like to call him.

      Now we just need to hold the traitors responsible for isis accountable.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Now, how will we keep Evil McCain, Kinzinger and Egghead McMuffin from going back to Middle East and stir up more trouble? They aren’t going to give it up. All those countries ought to put a travel ban on those traitors, and to shoot them down if they even go there.

      Fake News will keep inflaming the Middle East with lies. They’ve been doing that since Carter.

      Liked by 2 people

  25. trapper says:

    As for the “hundreds” of ISIS fighters who have surrendered to the Syrians whose people they have been butchering, I suggest we just look away.

    Liked by 5 people

  26. MrE says:

    Wow, it’s almost like Barry totally lacked any desire to defeat ISIS or something…

    Liked by 7 people

    • C R Lord says:

      Barry is a Muslim.

      Like

    • scott467 says:

      “Wow, it’s almost like Barry totally lacked any desire to defeat ISIS or something…”

      ____________

      Yeah, or something.

      It’s the same problem the entire political-class is experiencing. When DJT comes in as a complete outsider, and makes changes in weeks and months that the political-class claims would take decades (but in fact they just don’t want to do it), it exposes the political-class as wholesale liars and frauds.

      It wasn’t ‘gridlock’, it wasn’t even ‘hard’.

      The reason NOTHING was accomplished on behalf of the American People, going all the way back to the first Bush administration, is because they weren’t even TRYING to help Americans.

      They were only helping themselves by betraying their countrymen.

      They should all be prosecuted, convicted and executed.

      By his quick success, especially as a complete outsider, President Trump exposes the entire political-class, making it obvious that they are either:

      A) wholly incompetent

      and / or

      B) wholly corrupt

      Those are the only two possibilities.

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    • covfefe999 says:

      Remember, ISIS just needed jobs.

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    • TreeperInTraining says:

      Lol. Right?

      Why would you destroy what you create? Intel from back in 2010 showed that it was well known that all the arming and funding of these nuts would likely create an army of super crazy jihadis. When famous names from Chechnya started showing up. I knew the killing would turn barbaric. Still not sure if that red headed Chechen was KIA. Conflicting reports, iirc.

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  27. joeknuckles says:

    Ok, this is great and we finally did the right thing. However, it is quite likely that the people we helped to free may want to kill us just as bad as the ones we defeated. After all, we supported the ISIS terrorists that oppressed them for so long. What a mess.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Bouchart says:

    ISIS has been suffering from a crisis of leadership. When McCain got that brain tumor it really dealt them a crippling blow.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. treehouseron says:

    For Decades I was under the impression that some wars couldn’t be won. President Trump has proven if you get the right commanders with the right directives and let them do their job, the American Military is still capable of anything.

    Liked by 4 people

    • scott467 says:

      “For Decades I was under the impression that some wars couldn’t be won.”

      ______________

      They CAN’T be won, as long as the so-called ‘leaders’ in charge have no intention of winning, and are happy sacrificing American soldiers on the Altar of Political-Correctness.

      Only when the Baal-worship ceases do we win outright victory.

      The current and undeclared war is with islam, as in islam declared war on US, and we’re pretending like they DIDN’T.

      So long as that remains the case, we will never defeat the heinous death-cult called islam.

      If we treated islam like we treated the Nazis in WWII, we would defeat islam worldwide in a matter of a year or two, using little military force but overwhelming truth and shaming to the point that NOBODY would want to publicly associate themselves with the ‘religion’ of atrocities and crimes against humanity called ‘islam’.

      It wouldn’t even be hard.

      All that is required is the WILL to do it.

      To recognize islam for what it is, and determine to END it for the betterment of mankind.

      But you have to overcome the paper-tiger of ‘political-correctness’ first.

      That’s EASY, just confront the PC Police and force them to defend their idiocy, and the paper-tiger evaporates. But if you run from the paper-tiger, you give it power, and it will chase you down.

      Run from it or exhibit any fear or hesitation, and you lose.

      Challenge political-correctness outright, and you win.

      But you have to actually DO it.

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      • neal s says:

        I agree. The media are unwilling to report truth on these things. Just like the media is unwilling to report anything that might contradict the lie of man-made global warming.

        I don’t know if this is because of who runs the media, or owns it, or the reporters or a combination of all of those things.

        But until and unless the media is changed, and/or some other means of spreading truth far and wide is employed, it won’t be possible to treat islam as the Nazi’s were treated in WWII.

        But if there is anyone who could do it, it would be Trump. We need to continue to pray for him, his family and all those he has appointed and all those who want to help MAGA.

        Hosea wrote in 4:6 ” My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. It is sites such as this one that are critically important to help educate those who are willing to learn.

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  30. C R Lord says:

    I think they made Obama far too large in that photo. He isn’t even close to being that large next to our President. Perhaps about one tenth of that size would come close to his real worth compared to Donald J Trump. I think the picture is hilarious though!

    Liked by 4 people

  31. DebbieUK says:

    I was just recently remarking to my son that I don’t see the BBC celebrating the imminent fall of Isis They will only run with it if they can find a way to damage Trump.

    Liked by 4 people

    • keeler says:

      That’s not an entirely bad thing.

      The “state” ISIS- the one that controls towns, enforces laws, collects money, etc- isn’t going to see another Ramadan, but the “ideological” ISIS- the one hiding in basements and trying to build IEDs- is going to be around for a while.

      If the corporate media went around reporting “ISIS is dead! ISIS is dead!” and created a situation in which the Trump Administration took or appeared to take credit for “defeating ISIS”, they’d be peddling a “Trump’s Mission Accomplished Moment” narrative within minutes of the next terrorist attack.

      Better to let the media worry about the NFL and Pokemon Go. Their distraction lets the adults work undisturbed while they clean up the various messes of the last six decades.

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  32. Ghostrider says:

    1. No more ISIS
    2. No more WH leaks lately
    3. Have heard nothing from BLM lately
    4. Have heard nothing from Antifa lately
    5. Berghdahl pleads guiltily today
    6. Stock market and economy are up
    7. McConnell has been neutered
    8. Insurance company subsidies are rescinded

    And, it is only Monday!

    Liked by 7 people

  33. Gov Jay says:

    The Marxist community organizer NEVER had any intention of defeating ISIS… umm… ISIL…

    Liked by 1 person

  34. julegate says:

    With a little help from Russia.

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  35. covfefe999 says:

    Obama who? 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  36. TwoLaine says:

    And yet they run with, “how bad the optics are because this uncaring President is out golfing with his swamp buddies, while people are dying in our armed forces and Puerto Rico, and he’s too busy playing to write letters or make calls to their families.”

    There are nothing but SICK, DISGUSTING, PUTRID, SWAMP RATS in the MEDIA.

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  37. coltlending says:

    Permitting ISIS to surrender I think is a mistake.

    ISIS is pure evil.

    They should be launched from the planet so they never reconstitute their evil again in any way whatsoever.

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  38. Bob Thoms says:

    Chalk up another Trump promise delivered on…………..

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  39. Robert W. says:

    I hope they use a firing squad on all the isis extremists’ that surrendered. No more bergdahls, just sayin”…

    Liked by 1 person

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