Nine Months After Inauguration – President Trump Announces the Defeat of ISIS in Raqqa Syria…

Less than nine months after taking the oath of office – today President Donald Trump announces the defeat of Islamic State fighters in their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa is “a critical breakthrough” in a worldwide campaign against the militants.

October 21, 2017 – Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Defeat of ISIS in Raqqah

I am pleased to announce that the Syrian Democratic Forces, our partners in the fight against ISIS in Syria, have successfully recaptured Raqqah the terrorist groups self-proclaimed capital city. Together, our forces have liberated the entire city from ISIS control.

The defeat of ISIS in Raqqah represents a critical breakthrough in our worldwide campaign to defeat ISIS and its wicked ideology. With the liberation of ISISs capital and the vast majority of its territory, the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.

We will soon transition into a new phase in which we will support local security forces, de-escalate violence across Syria, and advance the conditions for lasting peace, so that the terrorists cannot return to threaten our collective security again. Together, with our allies and partners, we will support diplomatic negotiations that end the violence, allow refugees to return safely home, and yield a political transition that honors the will of the Syrian people.

One of my core campaign promises to the American people was to defeat ISIS and to counter the spread of hateful ideology. That is why, in the first days of my Administration, I issued orders to give our commanders and troops on the ground the full authorities to achieve this mission. As a result, ISIS strongholds in Mosul and Raqqah have fallen. We have made, alongside our coalition partners, more progress against these evil terrorists in the past several months than in the past several years.

I commend all of our coalition partners for the sacrifices they have made in this noble effort. Therefore, as we recognize this military accomplishment, we also pause to honor our service men and women and all they have given to protect us and all civilized people from these modern day barbarians.

Today, we reaffirm that ISIS leaders, and anyone who supports them, must and will face justice. (link)

Statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – We congratulate the Syrian people and the Syrian Democratic Forces, including the Syrian Arab Coalition, on the liberation of Raqqa. The United States is proud to lead the 73-member Global Coalition that supported this effort, which has seen ISIS’s so-called caliphate crumble across Iraq and Syria. Our work is far from over but the liberation of Raqqa is a critical milestone in the global fight against ISIS, and underscores the success of the ongoing international and Syrian effort to defeat these terrorists.

In January, ISIS was actively plotting terrorist attacks against our allies and our homeland in Raqqa. Nine short months later, it is out of ISIS’s control due to critical decisions President Trump made to accelerate the campaign. Over the last seven months, millions of people have been liberated from ISIS’s brutal rule and working with our partners on the ground we are setting the conditions to enable people to return home.

We cannot forget that this accomplishment also came at significant costs. The Syrian Democratic Forces suffered many losses along the way and we join them in mourning the lives lost. We also mourn the U.S. service members, and others from the Coalition, who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life to rid the region of ISIS and protect our homeland.

ISIS cruelty and barbarity cannot be overstated. We witnessed ISIS deliberately and consistently using civilians as human shields and leaving behind mines to maim and kill children and other civilians seeking only to return to their homes or schools. The barbaric nature of ISIS’s tactics left many scars and we are supporting stabilization efforts in liberated areas to help these communities heal.

While we continue the fight to ensure ISIS is defeated militarily where it remains in Syria, the U.S. and other Coalition members are making every effort to remove explosives left by ISIS and to get critical humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations. We are also supporting the efforts of the Raqqa Civil Council and other local Syrian actors to re-establish basic security and deliver essential services to stabilize communities, refurbish schools, and help facilitate the safe and voluntary return home of displaced Syrians.

This also marks the beginning of a new phase in the Syrian conflict. As we and our partners push toward the territorial defeat of ISIS, we will continue to seek to de-escalate violence across Syria. Reducing violence in Syria will allow the United States, our allies, and partners to focus even more on advancing UN-led diplomatic efforts, within the framework of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, aimed at reaching a genuine political transition that honors the will of the Syrian people.

ISIS’s loss of Raqqa does not mean our fight against ISIS is over. The Global Coalition will continue to draw on all elements of national power – military, intelligence, diplomacy, economic, law enforcement, and the strength of our communities – until all Syrians have been liberated from ISIS brutality and we can ensure that it can no longer export its terror around the world.

The Coalition will continue its relentless campaign to deny ISIS safe haven anywhere in the world, and sever its ability to recruit, move foreign terrorist fighters, transfer funds, and spread false propaganda over the internet and social media. We are confident that we will prevail and defeat this brutal terrorist organization. (Link)

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136 Responses to Nine Months After Inauguration – President Trump Announces the Defeat of ISIS in Raqqa Syria…

  1. sundance says:

    Liked by 38 people

    • Sunshine says:

      Time for them to go back home and rebuild their country. Pride in their nation-building, I hope.

      Liked by 17 people

    • BobBoxBody says:

      You really should have put that picture of Obama being small next to a giant Trump at the end there. Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like Marion Cobretti.

      Liked by 14 people

    • dalethorn says:

      We can never let our guard down on these terrorists.

      Liked by 7 people

    • Sayit2016 says:

      President Trump truly acts like a BOSS.

      The picture of ISIS fighters on crutches is a perfect metaphor- President Trump is literally taking their legs out. All of this in 9 months- Wow. This is what happens when America ( with her allied partners) are committed to VICTORY. It is a mindset. If you KNOW you can win you will.

      Remember the media laughing say yeah sure Trump is gonna stop ISIS?

      ISIS is one of the most vicious Extremist Islamic forces in the world. The death and destruction they are responsible for is mind boggling. All those lives they have ruined.

      So proud of our President and the support he has cobbled together to fight this evil.

      Who’s your Daddy NOW ?

      PS. Rocket Man — you feelin’ this ?

      Liked by 6 people

    • MrE says:

      Funny how quickly we defeated the JV team once the Muslim traitor left office. Almost like Osamba wanted an excuse to keep importing his Third-World hordes or something.

      Liked by 14 people

    • Islamic/Obama State.

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    • helix35 says:

      You have to wonder how many victories the media can ignore before the whole house of cards comes crashing down on them. Gotta love Trump!

      Liked by 6 people

    • Shark24 says:

      I posted this on Free Republic a few days ago:
      “I have spent the better part of the last two and a half years working in the UAE doing military aerospace work so I have been able to see the different approach to this fight from a little closer vantage point. Having served in the USAF during the Carter to Reagan transition, I can say the Obama to Trump transition was even more stark (if you can believe that was even possible). The difference in confidence from our Arab allies was palpable, where US leadership (or lack there of) makes all the difference in how much skin they will put in the game. President Trump deserves a lot of credit but don’t think we’ll read that in the NY Times of the Washington Post.”
      Cheers!

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    • Justah says:

      News that came out this morning from an AP reporter based in Beirut –
      https://apnews.com/4f2465bb923041c787e2ad3e048b2120/US-allied-force-takes-Syria's-largest-oil-field-from-IS

      BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition said allied fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group on Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces.

      With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to secure parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province along the border with Iraq.

      The SDF, with air support from the U.S.-led coalition, said Sunday it captured the Al-Omar field in a “swift and wide military operation.” It said some militants have taken cover in oil company houses nearby, where clashes are underway. The U.S.-led coalition confirmed the SDF had retaken the oil field.
      IS captured Al-Omar in 2014, when the group swept across large areas in Syria and neighboring Iraq. The field was estimated to produce around 9,000 barrels a day, making it a key source of revenue for the extremists. Its current potential is unknown, following a series of strikes on IS-held oil facilities by the U.S.-led coalition.

      The government lost the al-Omar field to other insurgents in 2013.

      Not sure how all this came down – but Hezbollah, Assad’s troops, Russia were trying to take this base – ISIS fought them off and the US Led Coalition swept in and took it.
      Assad/Russia/Iran have to be pretty unhappy today. 🙂

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      • dginga says:

        I read just this morning that the USAF is leading these campaigns and bombing the heck out of the ISIS strongholds rather than an infantry boots-on-the-ground approach. The article stated that the USAF is looking to call up 1,000 pilots who have left the service in order to staff the ongoing campaigns in the Middle East. I’ve always thought allowing the politicians to run the wars was a stupid idea and a great way to lose. Let the military do what they know how to do.

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  2. dekester says:

    Great news for all concerned.
    Your President and his team of Generals, and Tillerson are truly magnificent.
    I wonder what your favourite Senator McCain, Congress critter Kizinger? and McMuffin will say now?
    God bless PDJT

    Liked by 24 people

  3. Chris says:

    Great news. This means the refugees can go home now right?!

    Liked by 25 people

    • Yes. You’re welcome Europe.

      Liked by 10 people

      • As you said PreppiePlease, you’re welcome Europe.

        Again.

        Liked by 3 people

      • filia.aurea says:

        A relatively small percentage of the muslims scourging across Europe are Syrians. Many counted as Syrian are in fact radical islamists holding forged Syrian passports. Native Syrians have been returning to their bombed-out homes for the past three or four months. Approximately 550K Syrian civilians have been murdered, thousands of dead children’s bodies have been found minus their vital organs; hundreds more have been spirited away to Gulf Arab States to be abused in one form or another.

        We really have no idea of the horrors imposed on Syrians of all faiths, not only by Obama, but by factions within Israel, Saudi Arabia, The U.N., Turkey and our own government. I thank God that President Trump has ended (most) this carnage, and pray further that he hold fast on his promise to punish EVERYONE who had a hand in this most egregious assault on humanity. Whether you like it or not, for whatever reason, Vladimir Putin, a Christian, also deserves credit for actually bombing the people we call ISIS, not backing them. Syria would have been obliterated for oil pipelines and geo-political ‘border adjustment’ without the Russians.

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    • Chris, Pres Trump did say something about how this would allow the refugees to return home now in his statement.

      Liked by 5 people

  4. redtreesquirrel says:

    Trump is our HERO. Everyone loves him!

    Liked by 24 people

  5. positron1352 says:

    God bless those who fought the evil of ISIS. They have suffered so much.

    Liked by 23 people

  6. Landslide says:

    Before the Presidential primary season began, I told a friend that getting rid of ISIS and political correctness were my top issues. (Then everything else was tied for 3rd!) Thank you, President Trump, for boldly fighting against both. It has been an amazing 9 months!

    Liked by 22 people

  7. trapper says:

    And as I said once before, as to the ISIS fighters who surrendered to the Syrians and Iraqis and Kurds, we should just look the other way.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Bob Thoms says:

    This is a very big deal that is being ignored by MSM………………dang, it was that easy to beat these scum, wasn’t it.

    Liked by 8 people

  9. MVW says:

    Since Obama brought ISIS fighters to America via the ‘refugee’ program, we will also need to defeat them here on our soil. Oh, wait, where are they now?

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Amazing how quick you can beat terrorists and protect America when you actually want to beat terrorists and protect America! Well done Mr. President! #MoreWinning 😀

    Liked by 23 people

  11. Tonawanda says:

    Almost like Trump does what he says he will do.

    Liked by 5 people

    • starfcker says:

      I remember General Mattis (I know I should properly call him Secretary, I just like General better) saying our goal is not to contain ISIS, it’s to wipe them off the face of the earth. Good job, Sir.

      Liked by 26 people

      • JC says:

        I’d forgotten Mad Dog Mattis-Sir had shared that utterly satisfying – um – mission statement. Thanks for the reminder, Star. I’m still find myself chuckling over the fact that I love members of my beloved President’s Cabinet. Whodathunkit?

        Liked by 4 people

  12. rashamon says:

    Does this mean we now consider Assad an ally?

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    • kpm58 says:

      Why? I don’t see a need to call him an ally.

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      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Sometimes an ally isn’t a friend; other times a friend might not be an ally.
        War and politics is complicated business, sad to say…

        Liked by 5 people

        • dilonsfo says:

          Yep….just like Stalin in WWII. He was an ally but certainly not a friend. In fact, General Patton wanted start a war on Stalin as soon as the Nazis were defeated. Washington quieted him and removed him from his role during the occupation of Germany.

          Liked by 3 people

          • Cuppa Covfefe says:

            Yep, that’s who I was thinking of. It’s the same thing in the business world (and the development side of it). There may be projects bigger than one company alone can fund. In cases like that, alliances are formed that may well end once the product(s) hit market.

            Sometimes “real men don’t have fabs” (apologies to Jerry Sanders)…

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      • sejmon says:

        are you Israeli citizen -kpm58 ????

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    • chbailey says:

      As I understand, President Trump is interested in the will of the people in Syria and free and fair elections. I am certain in that case Assad will loose.

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  13. M33 says:

    BIG BOSS MAN!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. kenmar1965 says:

    What’s the word I’m thinking of… I can’t quite put my finger on it…..
    Oh yeah…. WINNING!

    Liked by 9 people

  15. Plain Jane says:

    Praise God, and thank God for PDJT.

    Liked by 7 people

  16. alliwantissometruth says:

    Isn’t it amazing what common sense, intelligence, resolve & a true desire for the safety & stability of America can accomplish?

    Imagine a President who doesn’t put ideology, globalism, altruism, corruption & a hatred for the American way ahead of America’s interests

    Oh wait, we don’t have to imagine anymore. We have President Trump

    Liked by 10 people

  17. Binkser1 says:

    It is amazing what can happen when you have someone as president who actually wants to defeat the enemy.

    Liked by 3 people

  18. tazz2293 says:

    Somewhere Obamao is weeping

    Liked by 2 people

  19. And that is how it’s done, by our president Donald J Trump.
    Impostor Barak Hussein and Junior Bush created it. So many innocent lives lost because of those 2

    Liked by 8 people

  20. kpm58 says:

    The die was cast for ISIS in Syria and Iraq once he support from McCain, Clinton and Obama was shut off.

    Liked by 5 people

  21. stinkfoot63 says:

    What- you mean we don’t have to curtsy to our mortal enemies like the apologizer-in-chief that Trump replaced.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. kinthenorthwest says:

    Done far more for this country than any other president.

    Liked by 9 people

  23. Wish he had put “caliphate” in quotes.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. USA loves Melania says:

    Candidate Trump said “Our country doesn’t have victories anymore”. And he was right. President Trump is changing that. Bigly.

    “We’re gonna turn it around. We’re gonna start winning again. We’re gonna win at everything we do…”

    Liked by 9 people

  25. sickconservative says:

    But the MSM is saying it was Obama’s policy that did this.
    “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see”
    And to add nothing coming from the establishment.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Phil aka Felipe says:

    Candidate Trump on ISIS:

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    • eagledriver50 says:

      PDJT NEEDED TO SECURE OUR BORDERS AND PUT EVERYONE ON NOTICE THAT HELL IS COMING…IT IS HERE NOW. By securing the Middle East like the President did it also secures our United States. Now go to the next of Sundance’s articles…PDJT is QUESTIONING FUSION nonsense starting now. I bet there is some alcohol being drunk tonight…Once this President sets his sights on the next target…MOAB Time!!! Hand Salute to Sec. Tillerson, and GENERAL Mattis. Hand Salute to these fine Men and the One that is leading them…Sleep well tonight, for tomorrow another battle begins anew.!!!

      Liked by 5 people

  27. NJF says:

    Is it really a failure if Barry never meant to succeed?

    #WinningReallyBigly

    Liked by 5 people

  28. tinkerthinker2 says:

    Biggly..

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  29. dianeax says:

    Who’s tired of winning? Not me!

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  30. In Az says:

    This news of ISIS being driven out of Raqqa is not good news for Songbird McCain, McMuffin, Imam Ozero bin Bush, Jarrett the terrorist, Huma Abedin the terrorist, CIA, Hitlery, Nazi Soros, etc

    Liked by 3 people

  31. Phil aka Felipe says:

    Looking forward to President Trump’s State Of The Union Address. It’s gonna be YUGE!

    Liked by 3 people

  32. TreeClimber says:

    “Trump hasn’t done anything in his whole presidency except play golf!!!”

    “…military, intelligence, diplomacy, economic, law enforcement, and the strength of our communities…” Interesting he mentioned that…

    Now, the question is, where are all our homicidal jihadi captives…

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  33. Harlan says:

    Gee, I dunno…I kind of miss when isis was reminding us of our white privilege.

    Thank heavens for the nfl.

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  34. Vince says:

    There are a lot of brave Americans involved who deserve a visit to the White House more than a basketball team.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. silverlakela says:

    Now, all the migrants can go back to their home country.
    If only they can tear themselves away from freedom, free housing, free food, free healthcare and income. All from the taxes of the people they despise.

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  36. Blacksmith8 says:

    l’il barry and the hildabeast built isis.
    Our President Donald Trump [still not tired of saying that] just took it away.
    don’t let the roe bite your butt barry

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  37. Summer says:

    Surrender is not an option.

    Kill every one of them.

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