We hark back to 2015, when Barack Obama called ISIS the JV:
Q: You know where this is going, though. Even in the period that you’ve been on vacation in the last couple of weeks, in Iraq, in Syria, of course, in Africa, al-Qaeda is resurgent.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, but, David, I think the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.
Q: But that JV team jus[t] took over Fallujah.
In 2015 Obama claimed to be surprised by ISIS, but Obama warned about ISIS as early as 2013:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said the intelligence community had warned President Obama about the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria for “over a year.”
“This was not an Intelligence Community failure, but a failure by policy makers to confront the threat,” Rogers said in a statement Monday.
His statement comes after the president said that intelligence officers had underestimated ISIS in an interview that aired on “60 Minutes” Sunday.
“For over a year, U.S. intelligence agencies specifically warned that ISIL was taking advantage of the situation in Syria to recruit members and provoke violence that could spill into Iraq and the rest of the region,” Rogers said in a statement on Monday, using an alternate name for the group.
Rogers said his committee had formally pressed the administration to act against the terror threat in 2013.
Or maybe even earlier.
In August of 2014 obama had “no strategy yet” for ISIS and as of June 2015 still had “no complete strategy” for the inhuman ISIS. Then obama proposed a very vague three year strategy that would have ISIS defeated after he was out of office so that no blame could be attributed to him. It came about exactly as I predicted.
Obama lied to America in his campaign for re-election, 32 times claiming Al Qaeda was “decimated” and “on the run.” He also ended the war in Iraq, you know. In 2012.
Enter Donald Trump.
ISIS is now truly on the run. Raqqa, the home of the ISIS “caliphate” is about to fall.
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces and their allies on Saturday said they seized the town of Mayadeen, an Islamic State stronghold in the country’s east, in a major gain in the race for territories previously held by the militant group.
The announcement came as U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they were in the “final” battle for control of Raqqa, the ISIS’ de facto capital and the symbol of the group’s reign of terror. However, officials with the Kurdish-led SDF said it could be hours or days before ISIS is uprooted from the city, to the north of Mayadeen.
Over the past months, Mayadeen had become a refugee for the IS leadership from Syria and Iraq as its self-proclaimed caliphate crumbled.
The town, on the western bank of the Euphrates River, was also a major node in the race for control of the oil-rich eastern Deir el-Zour province that straddles the border with Iraq.
SDF has steadily been making a bid for areas in the province, securing territory to the east of the river as the U.S.-backed offensive focused on the Iraq border area, still controlled by ISIS.
That 72 virgin thing is not working out well:
The Islamic State group once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of jihadists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its “caliphate” collapses.
Flies buzz around human remains poking through the dusty earth in the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah, 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of Baghdad, at a hastily-dug pit containing the bodies of dozens of IS fighters killed in 2015.
“They should have ended up in the stomachs of stray dogs,” local police officer Mohammed al-Juburi told AFP.
“We buried them here not out of love but because we wanted to avoid diseases.”
At one stage, IS ruthlessly wielded power over a vast swathe of territory straddling Iraq and Syria, but a military onslaught on multiple fronts has seen its fiefdom shrink to a last few pockets.
Since the launch in 2014 of air strikes in Iraq and Syria against the group, a US-led coalition says around 80,000 jihadists have been killed.
The overall number of dead is higher if you include those targeted by Russian and Syrian strikes.
It gets better:
In agricultural Dhuluiyah on the banks of the Tigris river, residents faced a common dilemma over what to do with the corpses of IS fighters after local Sunni militiamen beat back the jihadists in fierce clashes.
“We could have thrown them into the water, but we love the river too much to pollute it,” said the local policeman, who lost his own brother in the violence.
“The people here as well as their animals drink from the Tigris.”
Local finally decided to dig a mass grave for the fighters — but they said they refused to honor them with Islamic rites.
I’ve read the accounts saying Trump’s plan is no different from obama’s plan, but it is. Trump has changed the rules of engagement for Iraq:
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq — U.S. Army Lt. Col. James Browning juggled phone calls on an overstuffed sofa in a small village south of Mosul. His counterparts in the Iraqi army’s 9th Division were pushing toward western Mosul, just a few miles away, and were coming under mortar fire from the Islamic State group as they moved on a power station.
Browning’s counterpart, Brig. Gen. Walid Khalifa, called Browning on a simple Nokia phone to relay the approximate location of the mortar fire. Browning swapped phones to make another call.
“Can you tell them that (the 9th Division) is receiving fire?” he told his coalition colleagues at another forward base overseeing the operation. He asked them to pinpoint where the attack was coming from using coalition aerial surveillance and take it out.
Just a few months ago, Lt. Col. Browning’s phone conversation would have been impossible. Rather than request assistance directly, his call would have likely been routed through a joint command center much farther from the battle zone.
Under the December directive and an additional directive issued a few weeks ago, Browning said advisers like him embedded at the brigade level are now able to directly deliver support such as airstrikes and artillery fire to the units they’re partnered with.
Previously, such support “would have gone through a whole bureaucracy and through Baghdad,” he said.
The ROE’s are also modified for Afghanistan:
The U.S. military has overturned a requirement for its troops to be in contact with enemy forces in Afghanistan before opening fire in a bid to relax the rules of engagement and defeat the Taliban.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved the change following President Donald Trump’s pledge in August, during a policy speech on Afghanistan, to “lift restrictions and expand authorities” regarding U.S. operations in the central Asian nation.
”We will also expand authorities for American armed forces to target the terrorists and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan,” Trump said at the time.
On Tuesday, Mattis told two congressional panels that the White House gave him the authority to repeal certain requirements for troops in Afghanistan in order to accelerate the fight against the terrorists, the Military Times reported.
The military had sought these changes for several years but only under Trump are they changing.
Trump is going to succeed where Obama failed.
the radicalizes muslin terrorist- obama violated the Constitution by his words and actions. the 72 virgin males has been set aside for obama.
We can only kill the few that hide behind the kids and women the “refugees” abandoned.
The international coalition that has reduced ISIS to a shadow of its former self was organized by the Obama administration in late 2014. U.S. forces were committed by President Obama without the consent of the republican-controlled House of Representatives, which refused to respond to his formal request for authorization to use military force against ISIS. They wouldn’t even allow floor debate on the request. Have we somehow forgotten?
Obama also conducted a prolonged and controversial drone campaign that targeted and eliminated much of the al Queda and ISIS leadership structure, including the ISIS butcher and poster-boy, Jihadi John. Anyone who claims the campaigns could have gone more quickly had Obama not been so sensitive about collateral damage might want to recall how much he was criticized for attendant civilian casualties.
Osama bin Laden was also eliminated on Obama’s watch.
Remind me what Trump has done, other than keeping his hands off what was already underway.
@Greg: What really happened to Navy SEAL Team 6? In August 2011?
Think their going to paradise with thousand virgins they wind up in a place of fire and brimestone
I still think the remains should be fed to pigs so they come to a truly deserved “end”
It’s great to have a CIC who’s idea of fighting a war is to tell our Generals “Here- Go win this, call me when you’re done.”
Quite a change from the previous micromanager in chief.
Of course, one of Donald Trump’s great strengths has always been his ability to find people who knew more than he did about a subject, then give them authority to act.