Last Friday, Chuck Schumer closed down the government and even though they weren’t getting paid, our American heroes bombed an ISIS headquarters and killed 150 of the enemy. That’s a major blow to the terrorist group that has been on the run since Day 1 of the Trump presidency. They have now lost 98% of the land they once controlled when Obama was president. Military leaders credit the president for changing the rules of engagement. During the Obama years, they had to wait for Obama’s blessing before they killed the enemy.
ISIS’s numbers are way down but they can still mount sizable terror attacks and that’s why Trump is keeping troops in Syria, to make sure they don’t make a comeback and at the same time we are training fighters, most of whom are Kurdish.
Maj. Gen. James Jarrad, commanding general of Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve said:
“Our SDF partners are still making daily progress and sacrifices, and together we are still finding, targeting and killing ISIS terrorists intent on keeping their extremist hold on the region. We cannot take our focus off our mission, and we must not lose our momentum in taking these terrorists off the battlefield and preventing them from resurfacing somewhere else.”
The strikes, launched Saturday amid a government shutdown in Washington, targeted an ISIS command and control center in As Shafah, one of the terror group’s last remaining enclaves in Syria’s Euphrates River Valley.
The ISIS camp contained a “heavy concentration” of fighters who appeared to be “massing for movement,” according to a statement from Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS.
Syrian Democratic Forces, who are doing the bulk of the fighting against the hardcore remnants of the ISIS “caliphate” in Syria, assisted in target observation prior to the airstrikes, OIR said.
President Trump is bound and determined not to make the same mistake Obama did and leave a giant hole for ISIS to take control of. It’s just crazy enough that it might just work.