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Re: Report: American warplanes begin massive airstrikes against ISIS to finish them off

Post  Admin on Fri 25 May 2018, 12:36 pm

US airstrikes destroy ISIS cell in Iraq
May 23, 2018
US airstrikes destroy ISIS cell in Iraq
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During an exclusive interview with the Conservative Institute in July 2017, former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus warned Americans about “the rise of ISIS 3.0” in Iraq. The former commander of multinational forces in Iraq predicted that the Islamic State would be transformed into a guerrilla insurgency, with “much smaller elements hiding in the population.”

Petraeus’ grim forecast was confirmed on Tuesday, when military officials in Baghdad reported that members of the Iraqi military flushed out an ISIS sleeper cell during targeted clearing operations in Mosul. In the subsequent battle, U.S. and allied warplanes intervened with surgical airstrikes that killed an estimated 12 ISIS fighters and demolished the underground bunker complex which offered them sanctuary.

Giving no quarter
After retaking the northern Iraqi city from ISIS last year in a massive clearing operation backed by U.S. and coalition air power, the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate was on the edge of collapse.

However, some of the terrorist group’s infrastructure remains in Mosul, and paramilitary forces from Iraq’s Directorate of Intelligence were in the process of clearing an elaborate subterranean tunnel complex in the city’s Husseiniya neighborhood when they encountered the ISIS cell.

According to Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, Iraq’s Joint Military Command spokesman, the unit came under fire from ISIS insurgents here, killing two enemies in the ensuing firefight before calling for coalition air support.

Fortunately, the U.S.-led coalition fighting in Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq and Syria are quite familiar with the terrain, having executed nearly 25,000 airstrikes in both countries since the rise of ISIS.
Should the US withdraw the troops from Iraq?

After approving the request and scrambling aircraft to support the ground troops, Gen. Rasool noted that the response “led to the destruction of the tunnel and the killing of terrorist elements within him [sic], which is estimated at more than ten [fighters].”
Coalition sources have not yet confirmed Tuesday’s action in Mosul or released any statements detailing recent enemy casualties. However, Rasool confirmed that the Iraqi military has experienced a recent increase in enemy contact since ISIS fighters have switched tactics and formed sleeper cells throughout the country.

The real fight
Nearly one year ago, Petraeus insisted that “the ‘battles’ that lie ahead in Mosul, in the other areas liberated from ISIS, and in Iraq overall will likely matter even more than the defeat of ISIS on the battlefield.”

Incidentally, Iraqi intelligence officials are reporting that the group killed in Tuesday’s battle was joining other ISIS cells in plotting major attacks throughout northern Iraq following recent parliamentary elections.

Indeed, many of the critical “battles” to which Petraeus was referring do not require use of arms. For the ISIS insurgency to survive and prosper, Iraq’s democratic institutions must fail, and the Sunni minority must continue to feel marginalized.

For example, Iraq and its coalition partners must decide what to do with the hundreds of ISIS prisoners belonging to the Sunni minority that were detained during fighting over the last few years. Addressing reporters in January, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva said, “The [ISIS] detainees that are in the hands of our partners, and there are several partners in the region, they now number in the hundreds.”

“We have engaged in a concerted effort to contact [detainees] countries of origin, to determine whether … they are willing to take them back,” Gen. Selva explained.

Previously, the Islamic State thrived under these unstable conditions, but the legitimacy of the central government in Baghdad proved strong enough to withstand an internal invasion and has emerged stronger than ever. Still, the leaders in Baghdad and the Shiite majority should be careful to preserve this delicate power-sharing arrangement, or they may find themselves facing a resurgent IS once again.

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Report: American warplanes begin massive airstrikes against ISIS to finish them off

Post  Admin on Thu 10 May 2018, 9:06 pm

Report: American warplanes begin massive airstrikes against ISIS to finish them off
May 9, 2018
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Terrorists might have thought Trump was backing off, but they just found out they were very wrong.

After a small lull in the attacks, Trump has  reportedly ordered the resumption of air strikes in Syria.

When Trump took office, he vowed to beat ISIS into submission.

Virtually from his first day in office, Trump has been approving missions that are putting constant pressure on the terrorist group.

Nobody knows why the attacks abated, but that little break has just ended (although the lull did coincide with the fall of Raqqa).

New reports are now coming in that fighters from the USS Harry S. Truman strike group are once again carrying out daily missions.

Syrian’s Fighting Back
In addition to the U.S. missions, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have joined in.

This force is made up of Arab and Kurdish paramilitary members.

This latest operation, named “Al-Jazeera Storm,” is the first joint campaign since Raqqa fell in 2017.

It is also conveniently timed with the demise of the Iran nuclear deal.

Israel has reportedly initiated its own attacks, so the Islamic State is getting hit from all angles right now.

How Long?
With daily missions resuming, the question remains how long will our troops be committed to this war?

The last time a carrier group was sent, they were there for almost a year.

So, it stands to reason the current strike force will be there for at least six months, if not longer.

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Trump vowed to rid the earth of these terrorists, and it is unlikely our forces will be withdrawn completely anytime soon.

While we may see a reduction, it is hard to imagine Trump backing off if there is even a scent of the Islamic State in existence.

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