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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mattis: 95% of Islamic State is gone

I must have missed the Drudge Report links to this story, but General Mattis last week told NATO, “95% of the territory once held by ISIS is now liberated and our partners continue to secure more each day.”

The group that Obama once smugly dismissed as the JV squad (after he personally killed Osama bin Laden) finally is contained after three years of ravaging Syria, Iraq, and other parts of the Middle East.

My Internet skills must have deteriorated after 25 years online, because the only references I could find to this remarkable achievement were at military specialty sites.

Last week at a NATO meeting in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg introduced Mattis, and said:
It is a decisive time for the Global Coalition, as the military campaign nears its conclusion.  Raqqa and Mosul have fallen, 95 percent of Iraqi territory once held by ISIS has been retaken and stabilization is spreading:  More than 2 million people in Iraq can now return to their homes.  
That success is due to the nations gathered in this room -- most importantly, to Iraq, whose forces have shown great courage and resilience, and also to the many other nations around this table, nearly all of whom are NATO allies or NATO partners.  
But our work is not done.  As ISIS loses territory, they may seek to prove their relevance by stepping up terrorist attacks in the region and beyond, including here in Europe.  So we must stay vigilant.  We must stay engaged and we must work together to counter new challenges.  That is exactly why we are gathered here today.
Then Mattis said:
As Secretary General just pointed out, 95 percent of the territory once held by ISIS is now liberated, and our partners continue to secure more each day.  
Mosul, Tal Afar and Hawija have been liberated.  Efforts to liberate the final pockets of ISIS-held territory in Anbar province are progressing rapidly.  Arab and Kurdish, Sunni and Shia forces under Prime Minister Abadi's leadership have worked together with unprecedented levels of cooperation.  
The ill-advised Kurdish referendum has created tension, but we appear to be on track to resolve this constitutionally, thanks largely to Prime Minister Abadi's patience.  
Two weeks ago, our local partners liberated Raqqa in Syria.  ISIS leadership crumbled and many fighters surrendered.  Despite these successes, our fight is not over.  Even without a physical caliphate, ISIS remains a threat to stability in the recently liberated areas, as well as in our homelands.  
This will be a long-term fight requiring all elements of our collective national powers -- military, economic, diplomatic, intelligence, as well as law enforcement, counter-finance and counter-messaging.
We are stabilizing the territory liberated from ISIS through continued engagement with our Iraqi partners.  Every battlefield is also a humanitarian field, even after the fighting stops, something we must hold actively in our operations as a situation that cannot be overlooked. 
Our greatest weapon against this enemy, our greatest strength, is our unity.  ISIS is opposed to all nations' civilized values, and we must remain focused on the common threat, denying them their sick and twisted objectives.  Groups like ISIS, groups that would seek to sow murder and mayhem, cannot be allowed to succeed.
But hey, some woman in Alabama claims without proof that a judge now 70 groped her 40 years ago when she was 14, so let's go with that 24/7 on the news.

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Because the news media hates the news.

The demise of the Islamic State and the liberation of Mosul, Raqqa and other cities is on par with the accomplishments by the Greatest Generation in World War II.

The good guys -- mainly Arabs, I might add -- are liberating human beings from fascists.

And our media ignores this story.


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  1. Of course it does because it makes Trump look good. The Fake News Media must not report on anything that makes Trump look good. It's in the Associated Press Style Book somewhere. e.g. I read an AP story earlier this week that Trump's Asia trip was a failure. - GOC

  2. Speaking of Secretary Mattis:

    --While visiting their graves, I met a lone man walking the stones at Section 60. Far away from cameras and fanfare, Defense Secretary James Mattis spent his Veterans Day with the recent fallen. I watched him listen patiently to stories from surviving friends and family members. An old man visiting his Marine son's grave told Mattis that he was his boy's hero; the Warrior Monk smiled sadly and said that the old man's son was one of his.--

    1. Great post, MK. Had several commanders during the AF years. Some, you wanted to flick a booger on, they were so obviously in it just for their own careers. One or two actually cared about their troops and were people you'd perish for. Mad Dog is in that latter category.

  3. The fake new media is the ultimate enemy of this country and has been for decades. The MSM has inordinate power and needs to be taken down about a hundred notches.

  4. "My Internet skills must have deteriorated after 25 years online, because the only references I could find to this remarkable achievement were at military specialty sites."

    Ouch! MSM, you're gonna need some lotion, for that burn ...

    1. I saw "I must have missed the Drudge Report links to this story," which reminded me that I've been very unhappy with Drudge for awhile.

      But Drudge is a link aggregator; he doesn't write news stories, he merely links to news sources, with the MSM heavily represented.

      Maybe that's why Drudge seems to be drifting so far to the Left these days.

      I don't know, but I find that I seldom even follow a link from Drudge anymore. The links always seem to go to some leftie propaganda, and I see too much of that!

  5. The old saying that "an army travels on its stomach" implies the difficulty when supplying more troops in multiple locations tends to grow exponentially with the desire to conquer and hold more and more territory. Success breeds contempt and soon failure lifts its ugly head.

    ISIS is attempting to alter the basic code of guerrilla warfare that advocates "to hell with holding territory - kill the enemy instead."

    Human nature, or inhuman nature among death-crazed Arabs, always ends with the overextension of military capability. These nomads have, throughout history, never successfully controlled land and have no concept as to how governments are ran. Given enough rope, ISIS was bound to hang itself.

    So our success comes from doing as little as possible, facilitating the getting of some locals killed, while awaiting the Arab mind-set to kill itself off. Brilliant!

  6. Does that mean that 95% of ISIS is gone completely, or just from Syria. It is well know that many ISIS fighters have gone back to Britain, France, Libya, Morocco, and also into Chad and Niger, and some of the surrounding countries. Not good as they can create enormous problems wherever they are. Nice to think ISIS in Syria is just a shell of what it once was, but what troubles will those who left to go elsewhere start to cause.

    1. Good point. Considering Syria and Iraq are part of the Levant ISIS wants to control, I would say this is significant

  7. The enemedia doesn't hate "the news", just all the news that's good for the USA and the world as a whole, and especially all news favorable to Mr. Trump.

  8. Another subject Obama and the Democrats don't want to talk about. Obama fiddled (purposely) while ISIS burned, killed, and took territory. For at least 3 to 4 years he did not a dam- thing. Trump rids us of them in about one year. This is only one more reason we should never again allow a democrat to sit in the Oval Office.

  9. Unless 95% of them are dead, ISIS is not 95% gone.