The Geographic Caliphate of ISIS is Defeated – All Areas Within Syria and Iraq Liberated…

THE UNITED STATES AND OUR GLOBAL PARTNERS HAVE LIBERATED ALL ISIS-CONTROLLED TERRITORY

“American and coalition forces have had one military victory after another over the last two years against ISIS, including the retaking of both Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. We’ve liberated more than 20,000 square miles of territory.”  ~President Donald J. Trump

[White House] LIBERATING ALL ISIS-CONTROLLED TERRITORY: The territory once held by ISIS in Syria and Iraq is now 100 percent liberated.

Upon taking office, President Donald J. Trump empowered our commanders in the field and enabled our allies and partners on the ground to take the fight to ISIS.

The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, including the United States, Iraqi Security Forces, and partners in the Syrian Democratic Forces, have liberated all of the territory previously held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

  • The 79-member Coalition to Defeat ISIS is an unprecedented collection of nations and organizations aligned in a common cause to fight the evil of terrorism.
  • Thousands of fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, Iraq Security Forces, and 6 members of the Coalition have sacrificed their lives fighting against ISIS.
  • Over the last two years, the United States and our Coalition partners have liberated more than 20,000 square miles of territory previously held by ISIS in Syria.
  • Since January 2017, an estimated 5 million people have been freed from ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
  • Sixty high-value targets, 100 ISIS officials, and tens of thousands of ISIS fighters have been killed.
  • There are more than 1,000 foreign fighters from more than 40 countries in the custody of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Thanks to the defeat of the “caliphate,” ISIS now lacks a territorial base to launch attacks overseas and recruit foreign fighters.

MOVING FORWARD: The United States has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria in a deliberate and coordinated manner, while maintaining a small force there.

  • President Trump is realigning our force now that ISIS’s territorial “caliphate” has been defeated.
  • The President wants to draw down our presence in a safe, deliberate, and coordinated manner and remains in constant contact with our allies.
  • During this process, we will continue to inflict maximum damage on the remnants of ISIS.
  • A small contingent of United States Armed Forces will remain in Syria.

ENSURING ISIS NEVER RETURNS: The United States is committed to ensuring the remnants of ISIS are destroyed and that it can never regain its “caliphate.”

  • The United Sates is confident that together with the Coalition, we will ensure a lasting defeat of ISIS.
  • Understanding the remaining threat from radical Islamist terrorism, the United States will continue to hunt down any remnants of ISIS.
  • The United States remains committed to the Coalition and will continue to support its efforts.
  • The President has been clear that our allies and partners should step up their contributions to stabilize Syria and help ensure that ISIS cannot return.

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114 Responses to The Geographic Caliphate of ISIS is Defeated – All Areas Within Syria and Iraq Liberated…

  1. Chip Doctor says:

    This is what happens when you have a Lion in the White House, not a Muslim man child. MAGA! KAG!

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  2. SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

    Which is true but you also know that Russia and Syria liberated a lot of ISIS territory?

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    • Revelation says:

      And this is why Trump was respectful of Putin. He didn’t want the US and Russia stepping on each others Johnsons while killing ISIS.

      A message that was reinforced by Mattis’s operation on the Ruussian mercs.

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      • Michael Todaro says:

        Correct. And Russia, a white Christian nation, without whom Europe could not have defeated the Nazis, safely shuttled our astronauts to and from the ISS. Russia, a white Christian nation, warned Obama about the moslem Boston bombers but Obama and his corrupt FBI gave moslem terrorists carte blanche in furtherance of Obama’s jihad. The pulse nightclub is another example among many. MAGA/KAG ! ( Do the Moslem terrorists have hijab bombs yet?)

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    • Chip Doctor says:

      Indeed, but does anyone think that we would be here if Obama were still drawing red lines?

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    • Ira Berkowitz says:

      exactly.
      an, “understanding was reached”.

      syria has been effectively partitioned,
      the kurds have the makings of a state. East of the Euphrates.

      assad survives, as a client of Russia,
      Russia has a Mediterranean port.

      Turkey secures it’s Southern flank, by taking the strip of north Syria that abuts the Turk border.

      Don’t be surprised if the northern Syria Kurds wind up East of the Euphrates.

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      • Sunshine says:

        Never trust Turkey for anything. Erdogan is obsessed with becoming a Caliph and his most ardent wish is to wipe out the Kurds.

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    • Mr G says:

      So what? Go to their sites and congratulate them

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    • El Torito says:

      Did you bother to read the article? “the coalition” is mentioned and credited numerous times. Or were you hoping he mentioned Russia by name so you could scream collusion? Asking for a friend.

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  3. TMonroe says:

    So with this news, can we assume that multiple nations and resettlement agencies will now joyfully, rapidly, and completely turn their efforts into resettling in their homelands those who came here and to Western Europe on an emergency basis?

    I think we all know the answer to that, but it actually appears to be what many want. Through different educational interactions, I’ve worked with people over recent years who have advanced professional degrees — medicine, law, etc. — who would prefer to return rather than chase redundant certifications here. Additionally, some who were experiencing actual religious persecution want to return in some measure so that the presence of their faith doesn’t disappear from the region. They know it involves rebui,ding, but many can reclaim property and make improvements much easier than stating from scratch here.

    All in all, it’s a glimpse at priorities, as the usual suspects are unlikely to point to the lessening crisis level (previously used as a reason to resettle) for the impetus to reverse course now.

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  4. jeff semda says:

    So, we have the ability to remove the illegal Mexican/south american caliphate from the USA? Lets get at it!

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  5. Carson Napier says:

    DJT has insulted McCain again! And Bush and Obama too. Along with Bill Kristol, Max Boot and Adam Kinsinger. Ending a war in the middle east totally violates their principle of Endless Wars, especially as their ‘rebel friends’, aka mostly ISIS, got wiped out..

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    • GB Bari says:

      Thanks. I didnt doscover CTH until late 2017 so I missed this. Sundance did an awesome repoort on the connections of Evans, Kinzinge,r and McStain with the wrong side of the battle over there. No wonder they hated DJT – he wanted to end the fight and they saw only political and financial opportunity at the expense of many innocent lives.

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    • David R. Graham says:

      Thank you VERY MUCH for mentioning this. Tulsi is right on this. Absolutely correct. Again, thanks!

      Liked by 2 people

    • Sayit2016 says:

      Good– McCain is dead, Adam is neutralized and Evan Mullins is a absolute nut case

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  6. Night Raven says:

    Why leave any force there at all? If you want to ensure ISIS never returns hammer our own deep state. McCain is dead. Kill the remaining traitors.

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    • InAz says:

      @ Night Raven
      👍👍

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    • GB Bari says:

      ISIS is like a virus. You think you’ve killed it but it mutates and comes back in a different form with the same or worse lethality.

      Liked by 2 people

      • David R. Graham says:

        Different form, but same essence: Salafi Jihad. So, attack and annihilate the essence, not just the form.

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      • Michael Todaro says:

        Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey in Death Wish: “They’re like cockroaches you have to kill them all or what’s the use?” MAGA/KAG ! (And BTW, mandatory workouts on the adductor machine for all broodmare alien invaders so they can tightly close their thighs)

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      • El Torito says:

        No one thinks we’ve killed ISIS, only the ground they controlled. Killing the ideology will never happen. They will return in waves, and we will have to maintain the killing, as if they are cockroaches. Would love to see POTUS turn our military loose in the same way at our border.

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    • andyocoregon says:

      There will likely still be suicide bombers and I.E.D.’s exploding for years in Syria. I wouldn’t want to be there.

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    • montanamel says:

      I figure it’s for FAC duties and target designators….can’t let “unkn persons” be enabled to “pull the trigger” on US weapons for close air support…
      (Not to say I wouldn’t like to cut a couple of tasking orders for the AC130’s….on their way home for some rebuilds down in GA….or, where ever they are fixing things these days.).

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  7. Justice Warrior says:

    Woohoo!

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  8. You Know You’ve Been at War Too Long When…your former detainees are now serving in Congress!

    Congratulations and Undying Gratitude to Our Troops!

    ps: You shouldn’t have picked the JV for your brackets, Barry.

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  9. The Devilbat says:

    Barry and Hillary started ISIS. President Trump destroyed it. These are bad days for the commie left democrats.

    Liked by 14 people

  10. ParteaGirl says:

    Promise Made, Promise Kept! From the archives:

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  11. tdaly14 says:

    FB, tried to silence my post about Islamists and ISIS.

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  12. chojun says:

    This is a major defeat for Obama and John McCain. I don’t exactly know what they were thinking but I suspect that they were willing to trade the lives of a few (hundred thousand) civilians for one big, bad meanie-pants Putin-puppit dictator Assad. Although the US was essentially supporting Al-Qaeda in Syria, I also suspect that the rise of ISIS was likely seen by Obama, neocons and any other of the remove-Assad-at-all-costs crowd as an opportunity to sow such chaos in Syria that Assad could not recover and regain control of his nation.

    Note that the UK and by extension Brussels deep state is in my opinion as strong as if not stronger than the US deep state and very more than likely the whole Syrian civil war/remove Assad plan was created to eventually make way for oil/gas pipelines to move through Syria and into Europe in order to break Russian energy dominance over Europe.

    At any rate hopefully the trail of bodies left by the “spread Democracy” crowd is finished piling up now that they’re out of power.

    Of course all of this is my opinion and I’m sure that there are more people around here who can speak more knowledgeably on this issue.

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    • Ira Berkowitz says:

      The Obama administration fostered the rise of ISIS. The Obama state department shipped heavy weapons to ISIS, from Benghazi (seized from Khadafi’s army).

      The Obama admin was supporting a Saudi, Qatari Turkish enterprise to destrabilize, and ultimately overthrow Assad.

      WHY?
      The Saudis and Qataris wanted to run a natural gas pipeline THROUGH SYRIA, to Turkey. That nat. gas was to then be piped to the European market….which would have meant stiff competition to the Russian monopoly on selling gas to Europe.

      Ergo, Russia had serious skin in the game, and intervened. Russia didn’t have any qualms about carpet bombing the HELL out of one town after another.

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      • GB Bari says:

        Why wouldn’t Assad allow the pipeline through Syria? I’m guessing that he could have charged them appropriately for the space.

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        • SharonKinDC says:

          As a Russian satrapy, Assad’s position was not to aid the Saudi’s & Qatari’s. The Assad puppet dances…

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        • Arrest Soros says:

          There were two competing pipeline proposals to go through Syria.
          One from Saudi and Qatar that Obama and Clinton wanted (big bucks for them) and the other from IRAN that Assad wanted (for obvious reasons. Iran is an ally and Assad knew how corrupt the Clintons were, he didn’t want to fall into their hands).
          Hence the Syrian civil war was instigated and ISIS weaponised to overthrow Assad.

          It’s all about the Benjamins.

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      • David R. Graham says:

        Thanks, I knew pipelines were at stake but not the specifics. This makes great sense. Not the entire raison de la guerre, of course, but very much of it.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Gazprom has two natural gas pipelines under the Black Sea that go thru Turkey, the South Stream going thru Turkey and Greece to Europe – talk about money making strange bedfellows. And oh, by the way, both the US AND Russia are backing separate NG pipelines that will carry the Pars Field NG thru Syria to Europe. Getting to see the sudden interests in both Russia and the US and Europe kicking ISIS’s ass and achieving a mutually acceptable stable regime in Syria????

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      • Ira Berkowitz says:

        according to my readings, all the large multinational energy companies, take a stake in EVERY pipeline that traverses, “PIPELINESTAN”.

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        • Ira Berkowitz says:

          “Syria is an energy war. With the heart of the matter featuring a vicious geopolitical competition between two proposed gas pipelines, it is the ultimate Pipelinestan war, the term I coined long ago for the 21st century imperial energy battlefields. It all started in 2009, when Qatar proposed to Damascus the construction of a pipeline from its own North Field – contiguous with the South Pars field, which belongs to Iran – traversing Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria all the way to Turkey, to supply the EU.”

          https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/08/syria-ultimate-pipelineistan-war/

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        • czarowniczy says:

          The Gazprom might have a foreign stake but I doubt it, they can draw on national resources if the need be.
          The entire pipeline-thru-Syria thing is as political as it is military and I have no doubts that hi-level conferences were held to ensure all major governments with a finger in the pie-pline got assurances that ISIS would be crushed and business would be back to normal. That Pars field is an economic monster split between 2 nutcase countries that shouldn’t be allowed to have pointed scissors, never mind billions upon billions of dollars in revenue.

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    • Fake Nametag says:

      Have we ever considered the possibility that the entire operation in Libya was less about getting rid of Khadaffi and instead about getting hands on Libya’s weapons so that rebels in Syria (ISIS) could be supplied?

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    • David R. Graham says:

      Never underestimate the strength of righteousness, of telling the truth. Also, never underestimate the power of righteousness and truth to protect those who protect them.

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  13. czarowniczy says:

    I’d said that way back when the ISIS battle started to rip up Syria that the Russians would not let ISIS have Syria…I also said that the Russians would not let Assad fall. Yes, the US and with some help (small ‘h’) from some NATO partners that had a personal Russia-related stake in ISIS falling, took the brunt of the fight but both Russia and Iran had a large hand in the fight too.

    Note that the US stayed away from Russian areas on interest in Syria during the battle, letting Russia and Iran work those areas. The US’s help went a long way towards limiting Russian military buildups there, had Russia had to do all of the heavy lifting it would have had to put much more boots-on-ground and that would have caused an imbalance in the area. Russia’s buildup as it is has caused some technology transfer issues but it’s nowhere as bad as it would have been had Russia needed to set up full military operations there. I do believe that somewhere Russian, US, EU and Mideast dealers got together and made a deal to keep Russia’s important assets that impact Europe there secure. It also seems to guarantee to the Russians that at least for now we’ll protect their expanding infrastructure there.

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    • David R. Graham says:

      Yes. The Euphrates has been the line of deconfliction. Everybody with a brain saw this as a supreme opportunity to ally with Russia (and India) on more than deconflicting inside Syria. But the Trump admin, regrettably, has not reached that awareness and thereby exploited the opportunity to patently present, even now.

      Kurds, bless their hearts, have moved into areas of Syria and Iraq that historically are not theirs. To include oil-bearing regions west of the Euphrates in Syria’s southeast. Several reasons for that.

      But by doing that, Kurds, in all three of their sections (Western Syrians/Turks, Northern Syrians/Turks, Eastern Syrians/Iraqis/Iranians), have thrust themselves into the role of having to sit table with the big boys as a credible presence. Time will tell if they can pull that off, aka, be serious statesmen.

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      • montanamel says:

        Sounds almost like the old Trucial States deal, eh?

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        • David R. Graham says:

          Perhaps. The similitude, while attractive both theoretically and strategically, seems to me strained. Its accuracy would be enhanced, at least theoretically, if USA had a grand national strategic goal in MENA. USA today does not need coaling stations and mil outposts in the Gulf as GB did then, two of several reason for the Trucial MOUs.

          The question of USA grand national strategic goals and consequent strategic interests in the area and even MENA generally are not addressed by the so-called US foreign policy establishment in the light of contemporary circumstances, geographies, and nation-state abilities. Geography and protection of sovereignty, the most salient “issues” in re grand strategics are deliberately ignored.

          So the best one can hope for in re USA-MENA right now, in view of the strategic-thought vacuum just mentioned, is tactical success, such as Sundance rightly celebrates, and that Kurds may rise to the opportunities for big-league statesmanship now before them, compliments of POTUS Trump, Vladimir Putin, President Macron, PM May, and their own tactical perspicacity.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I wouldn’t start buying timeshares in Greater Syrian Kurdistan as Turkey is somewhat pissed that the Kurds have set up shop on Turkey’s border AND in areas Turkey considers to be parts of Syria Turkey wants back.

        I think that the Turks, when they get their act together, will deal with the Kurds with Russian and Syrian approval and a US blind eye. We might do something like give those stern denunciations of Turkish anti-Kurd activities like the ones we’ve given in decades past as Turkey went Kurd hunting, may even offer to load a bunch up and bring them here but those gas lines and the other petro line and projects planned for Turkey and Syria will, I believe, win out. As far as a Kurd homeland in Syria…no whey. Sorry, that one just slipped out.

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        • David R. Graham says:

          Your and my grandchildren may be purchasing properties in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe even Kurdistan. I do not know and would be a fool to predict. :-). They are beautiful countries.

          This I think is important, however: economics is downstream from geography and the impulse to protect national sovereignty. Economics is even downstream from politics, thus the reason for corporations to hire lobbyists at Congress and executive agencies. Culture is upstream from both economics and politics. AOC is making that point for us in the clearest possible terms right there in public: ideology first, then see what happens, and if you do not like it, that is your fault, not mine.

          But geography is upstream from culture. So for example, IMO, Russia is moving to envelop Constantinople from the east (Nagorno-Karabakh), southeast (Tartus, Latakia), and southwest (Tobruk, Benghazi). She is holding Turkey, Iran, and China at bay, or at least trying to do that, to include with MOU-type “alliances.” Huge opportunities exist for USA-Russia strategic cooperation to quieten MENA generally for mutual benefit.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            I’ve always held that the US really screwed the pooch by not crawling into bed with Russia in the early 90s and guiding it to a Western-ish (they are, after all, Russians) path. The common Russians really wanted Western capitalism, we’d get rushed in Soviet days for jeans, good quality shirts, cigarettes and, for Pete’s sake, gum. Instead we ignored her while she was down and allowed the kleptocraski to take over.

            Russia needs to neutralize NATO partners Greece and Turkey as they control the Bosphorus and Turkey also controls the south shore of the Black Sea. Both of these are vital strategically to Russia as it’s Russia’s only ocean access to the Atlantic other than Murmansk and both are controlled by NATO. The Black Sea Fleet represents Russian interests in the Med but also has to protect Russia’s southern flank from NATO who sails the south shore of the Back Sea Fleet. I think the various parties agreed that to maintain stability in the area and in the petro-interests that ISIS would be killed quickly and efficiently and the US with EU blessings would be the best to do so.

            I don’t see the petro business in the West being nationalistic, just like the illegal drug industry. That Pars gas is important to people around the world for many reasons and that transcends everything except supply, demand and delivery. I believe that ISIS was a blessing to the major parties involved as it distracted from and defused the competing interests that may have evolved into something bigger and nastier, it gave the parties someone else to vent on and cooler heads, for the time being at least, agreed on an acceptable landscape. Now let’s see how this plays out regarding Israel, it looks as if the anti-Israel forces have made inroads into our Congress and are removing our support for Israel so that Russia and the Usual Mideast Suspects can gain traction in destroying it.

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  14. Nagothm says:

    Yet another piece of Obama’s legacy is gone. Good riddance.

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  15. truthseeker39525 says:

    Well, the ISIS thugs no longer have a ‘base’ to plot terror attacks on the West, but there are no doubt plenty of their followers scattered around, plotting to kill Christians as I write (and you are reading) this. America needs to keep up its vigilance, and continue to stamp these terrorists out, wherever they are lurking.
    For that matter, what happened to their ‘Fearless Leader’, Al-what’s-his-name, other than that he safely bugged out and is hiding somewhere, plotting?

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    • Michael Todaro says:

      ISIS bases, within which they can plot with impunity savage, “Death to America” attacks, include Tlaib and Omar Congressional districts. ISIS is safe there with no worries about pesky, white, Christian Russian bombers. MAGA/KAG !

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  16. Coast says:

    Massive success….and basically zero news coverage.

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    • fred5678 says:

      The only coverage has been disparaging POTUS’s predictions of a few days ago that ISIS would be defeated that night. “Trump lied again! ISIS still has 146 square feet of stronghold!”

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  17. bkrg2 says:

    More winning! Thank you Mr President.

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  18. Merle Marks says:

    I vote Trump President for life….

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  19. CNY3 says:

    Booyah, Mr. President!! 👊🏻 Making America Safe Again!! 👍🏻🇺🇸

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  20. InkanPatriot says:

    What’s sad is that the Global Elite and The Davos Crowd never ever ever intended on destroying Islamic Terror. It was always the boogie man needed to continue their war machine and manipulate the Free world into giving away personal liberty. These people are truly fn evil. I thank God everyday for PDJT…..the significance of what he has done will never be understood by most.

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  21. alonzo1956 says:

    President Trump said he would bomb the hell out of them and that is EXACTLY what he did. Gotta give him credit for being the most transparent POTUS in my life and his promises mad, promises kept.

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  22. keeler says:

    “Thanks to the defeat of the “caliphate,” ISIS now lacks a territorial base to launch attacks overseas and recruit foreign fighters.”

    Actually, we have already seen the results of this for some time. Little noted is a significant fact: the last major jihadist terror attack in the West occurred nearly two years ago when a “homegrown” British-Libyan man bombed Manchester Arena in May 2017.

    I do not overlook or dismiss the needless suffering, cruelty, or significance of more recent jihadi terrorist acts since. However, there is a measurable difference in the scale and intensity of such attacks before and after January 20th, 2017. The men who have run over Argentinian tourists in New York City, shot up German Christmas markets, and conducted various other atrocities since Manchester all lacked the funding, training, and weapons possessed by those who stormed the Bataclan Theater in Paris or bombed Brussels’ airport. This relative lack of sophistication speaks to ISIS’ rapid deterioration in power projection over the last two years.

    The scale of ISIS-led or inspired attacks has shifted from military scale operations to street crimes. To be sure even this current status is intolerable, but a vast improvement over European capitals being besieged and humiliated as their citizens are slaughtered on a mass scale. It is subtle but significant development, one the world has almost completely overlooked.

    Tomorrow’s events, of course, could prove me wrong. The odds of that are happening are now much smaller though, and that is due to the fact that we bombed the shit out of them.

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    • David R. Graham says:

      Good points, sound logic. Please carry on!

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    • Michael Todaro says:

      Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey in Death Wish: They’re like cockroaches you have to kill them all or what’s the use?

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    • “..we have already seen the results of this for some time. Little noted is a significant fact: the last major jihadist terror attack in the West occurred nearly two years ago when a “homegrown” British-Libyan man bombed Manchester Arena in May 2017.:

      IDK what you mean, but we just had a school bus with 51 children hijacked and touched by an suspected terrorist. He was from Senegal which is about 98% muslim. There have been other recent attacks.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-europe-47642298

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  23. Have Gun Will Travel says:

    Hooah – the caliphate is destroyed! And it is due to President Trump letting us take the gloves off and getting serious about defeating ISIS.
    These rats have spread to several other countries – we must ensure their turn comes as well.

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  24. NJF says:

    Thank you POTUS!!!!!!

    I will never forget that summer where they beheaded a civilian hostage(s). and Obama did nothing!

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  25. fred5678 says:

    Obama: “What’s the big deal? It was only the jayvee team.”

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  26. rosalindj says:

    Promises kept. Thank you, PDJT.

    The aftermath is predictable, in that swampers will find some way to make even this a problem. To wit; I listen to news radio in the morning (in the DC area – can you tell where this is going?), and Thursday morning, there was a guest on, talking about the 60K (!) ISIS fighters who were either captured or surrendered. The host and guest both were going on and on about what to do with them, how Guantonimo wasn’t big enough for all of them, and the headache of repatriation.

    Not once was the phrase “summary execution” uttered. I wasn’t able to call in, but I wanted to, to ask either if they had actually read the accounts of the atrocities committed by the so-called fighters.

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  27. David R. Graham says:

    Unsung hero in this development: Vladimir Putin and Russia. They came to the aid of Assad when Brennan/ISIS/McCain/Obama/SecState and some defense contractors were fostering the Salafi Jihad in any and all of its forms inside Syria and elsewhere.

    It was always my impression that Brennan/Obama droned Moslems they considered competitors to their own ambitions. Entirely personal, not business. Eight years of America turned upside down, culminating sixty eight years at least of academic battlespace preparation for just that extreme perversity.

    Tulsi is a very brave lady. I had not noticed before the acne scaring on her face. She has heart and courage, at least in this particular, and brains. On some other matters I cannot follow her. Her religion seeps through her being, auspiciously. This I know something about.

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    • keeler says:

      I wouldn’t refer to Putin as a hero, but then again I wouldn’t refer to anyone (including the US) as a hero in this mess.

      The Putin and Assad governments certainly deserve much more credit for eradicating ISIS then either gets, especially since they did much of the “dirty” work the Western governments pretend to be above, but they- like the Obama bunch- did so out of their own self interest.

      Furthermore, as sundance has suggested here in the past, it is likely that Putin and Assad were comfortable with a persistent low level of ISIS activity/control within Syria and Iraq in order to advance their own agendas, and that President Trump ordered strikes on Syrian airbases and mercenaries to send a message: go after ISIS and stop focusing on Syrian rebel factions. Recall that Russian/Syrian progress increased significantly after these strikes.

      But as I said, credit must be given where credit is due. Of the Eastern Front Churchill remarked that “It was the Red Army that tore the guts out of the Wehrmact.” His statement captured not only the substance, but the style, of the largest and most brutal war within World War II.

      Much the same could be said of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria.

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  28. fred5678 says:

    POTUS Trump : ISIS caliphate gone. Mueller nothingburger. Economy in overdrive while other countries’ economies are in near recession..

    versus:

    Trudeau in deep scandal doo doo,
    Merkel has multiple terror arrests every week.
    Macron hates the color yellow, brings out the military to stop protests.
    May fails on BREXEIT a third time – EU shows UK no respect.

    And liberals believe that America and POTUS Trump are not respected???

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    • leftnomore says:

      Can you imagine Biden Abrams running against this steamroller of success? Almost makes me feel sorry for “G.T.” Stacey. Btw, has she conceded her loss yet? Might as well wait until 2020 and concede two at once.

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  29. Katherine McCoun says:

    I think the phraseology, “geographic caliphate” is Very important and I like it. It is important because from now on, every muslim act of violence in the region will be greeted by Dems & media by, “I thought President Trump said they were defeated but here they are again…”. No, not all violent muslims have been defeated but ISIS no longer holds in physical territory. Important distinctions

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  30. Ilcon says:

    Barry: “Lest not we get on our high horses”.
    “The future shall not belong to those who slander the prophet”.
    W: “islam is peace”.
    Global communism is our goal.

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    • montanamel says:

      Hammer some more in the ground over there like tent pegs…. They also make good road grade fill….
      The sooner we fall back into orbit and nuke these 7th century hell-holes, the sooner we can reclaim our blue marble…

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  31. stats guy says:

    Michael Yon wrote a riveting piece about Mosul in 2005 as an embed. Totally riveting writing. But there’s one piece that I always remember…the lawyerly overlay of these wars:

    The doctors rolled LTC Kurilla and the terrorist into OR and our surgeons operated on both at the same time. The terrorist turned out to be one Khalid Jasim Nohe, who had first been captured by US forces (2-8 FA) on 21 December, the same day a large bomb exploded in the dining facility on this base and killed 22 people.

    That December day, Khalid Jasim Nohe and two compatriots tried to evade US soldiers from 2-8 FA, but the soldiers managed to stop the fleeing car. Then one of the suspects tried to wrestle a weapon from a soldier before all three were detained. They were armed with a sniper rifle, an AK, pistols, a silencer, explosives and other weapons, and had in their possession photographs of US bases, including a map of this base.

    That was in December.

    About two weeks ago, word came that Nohe’s case had been dismissed by a judge on 7 August. The Coalition was livid. According to American officers, solid cases are continually dismissed without apparent cause. Whatever the reason, the result was that less than two weeks after his release from Abu Ghraib, Nohe was back in Mosul shooting at American soldiers.

    LTC Kurilla repeatedly told me of – and I repeatedly wrote about – terrorists who get released only to cause more trouble. Kurilla talked about it almost daily. Apparently, the vigor of his protests had made him an opponent of some in the Army’s Detention Facilities chain of command, but had otherwise not changed the policy. And now Kurilla lay shot and in surgery in the same operating room with one of the catch-and-release-terrorists he and other soldiers had been warning everyone about.

    Me: catch and release….hmmm, rings a bell.

    Anyway, I’d like to know what the current RoE are, and what the lawyers role is in Syria and elsewhere. And of course I’ll note that this was under the Bush dynasty

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  32. mdaush says:

    This victory proves that the Middle East and ISIS was always a political, for profit war.

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  33. leftnomore says:

    Hopefully that conspiratorial, murderous puke called Obama will have something supportive to say about this. Of course his bootlicking holdouts will say that he is to be credited for victory. I swear that demon aged me way beyond his 8 year reign of idiocy.

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  34. getfitnow says:

    Obama could not be reached for comment about the “JV Team” he created and could not defeat. /s

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  35. Kerry_On says:

    Another promise kept. As our POTUS so tactfully put it… “I will bomb the SHIT out of ’em!”

    I am (slightly) disappointed that McStain was not alive to see his treasonous work wiped off the face of the earth just before they pushed the plunger on that injection.

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  36. fromawaysite says:

    Let’s put the rest of the laundry on the line along with the completely false headline .https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/03/trumps-golan-move-is-designed-to-guarantee-netanyahoos-reelection.html#more

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  37. Doug Amos says:

    Obama enjoyed watching our boys fight with their hands tied behind their backs.

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  38. Caius Lowell says:

    My takeaway from this sad and sorry episode is that, if your goal is to destroy a force like ISIS, then actually fighting it proves more effective, over the long run, than surreptitiously supporting it…

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  39. bob says:

    it took a real president to defeat the jv team.

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  40. bitterlyclinging says:

    So much winning.
    Undoing Hussein Obama’s legacy, one page at a time.

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  41. litlbit2 says:

    The “magic wand” carves a large arc! Happy Easter🙏🙏🙏🇺🇸

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  42. Harlan says:

    I’m pretty sure that isis was actually destroyed thanks to obama. Really. I’m not kidding.

    Just like he has created so many new jobs and expedited our energy independence.
    What a Miracleworker!

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