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Old 12-08-2017, 05:37 PM  
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Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/12...n-tatters.html

BAGHDAD – Hundreds of ISIS fighters had just been chased out of a northern Syrian city and were fleeing through the desert in long convoys, presenting an easy target to U.S. A-10 "warthogs."

But the orders to bomb the black-clad jihadists never came, and the terrorists melted into their caliphate -- living to fight another day. The events came in August 2016, even as then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was vowing on the campaign trail to let generals in his administration crush the organization that, under President Obama, had grown from the “jayvee team” to the world’s most feared terrorist organization.

“I will…quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS,” Trump, who would name legendary Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense, promised. “We will not have to listen to the politicians who are losing the war on terrorism."

Just over a year later, ISIS has been routed from Iraq and Syria with an ease and speed that's surprised even the men and women who carried out the mission. Experts say it's a prime example of a campaign promise kept. President Trump scrapped his predecessor’s rules of engagement, which critics say hamstrung the military, and let battlefield decisions be made by the generals in the theater, and not bureaucrats in Washington.

"I felt quite liberated because we had a clear mandate and there was no questioning that.”
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At its peak, ISIS held land in Iraq and Syria that equaled the size of West Virginia, ruled over as many as 8 million people, controlled oilfields and refineries, agriculture, smuggling routes and vast arsenals. It ran a brutal, oppressive government, even printing its own currency.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:37 PM   #2
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:40 PM   #3
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:46 PM   #4
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So turning loose the Kurds was the rabbit in the hat?
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:50 PM   #5
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In addition to air support, the U.S.-led strategy also includes training and equipping Iraqi troops on the ground.
"Turns military loose" would appear to be a bit of an exaggeration, given our limited role in the fighting.

It's interesting, I saw a headline the other day that seemed to indicate the Russians were claiming credit for defeating ISIS in Syria.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:52 PM   #6
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If only Trump didn't have those bone spurs, he probably would have defeated ISIS a long time ago.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:56 PM   #7
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Raqqa’s dirty secret

The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.

A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances – dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/...s_dirty_secret
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Old 12-08-2017, 06:32 PM   #9
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Raqqa’s dirty secret

The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.

A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances – dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/...s_dirty_secret
I see this Talal Silo dude switch sides and start propagating this story.

I have not seen him explain anywhere to what end the US did that? Can I please have a reason?
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Old 12-08-2017, 06:47 PM   #10
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I see this Talal Silo dude switch sides and start propagating this story.

I have not seen him explain anywhere to what end the US did that? Can I please have a reason?
The Americans had been furious about the convoy from the start. The Islamic State had cut a deal with the Syrian government and its Hezbollah militia allies to allow the fighters and their families safe passage to cross Syria from the Lebanese border in the west to ISIS-controlled territory in eastern Syria and Iraq.

Within days, American airstrikes cratered the highway in front of the convoy, stopping it in its tracks. American officials vowed not to let the convoy pass, or the fighters to return to the battlefield.

“Our coalition will help ensure that these terrorists can never enter Iraq or escape from what remains of their dwindling caliphate,” said Brett H. McGurk, the American presidential special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition.

But that American line in the sand was wiped away with a telephone call last Friday from Russian military headquarters in Syria to American headquarters in Baghdad. Russia asked the United States to remove aerial reconnaissance over the convoy, which both sides knew would allow the convoy to proceed.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/w...convoy-us.html
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The Americans had been furious about the convoy from the start. The Islamic State had cut a deal with the Syrian government and its Hezbollah militia allies to allow the fighters and their families safe passage to cross Syria from the Lebanese border in the west to ISIS-controlled territory in eastern Syria and Iraq.

Within days, American airstrikes cratered the highway in front of the convoy, stopping it in its tracks. American officials vowed not to let the convoy pass, or the fighters to return to the battlefield.

“Our coalition will help ensure that these terrorists can never enter Iraq or escape from what remains of their dwindling caliphate,” said Brett H. McGurk, the American presidential special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition.

But that American line in the sand was wiped away with a telephone call last Friday from Russian military headquarters in Syria to American headquarters in Baghdad. Russia asked the United States to remove aerial reconnaissance over the convoy, which both sides knew would allow the convoy to proceed.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/w...convoy-us.html
But you need to remember Russia is the good guy. Always looking out for US interests abroad.
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But you need to remember Russia is the good guy. Always looking out for US interests abroad.
Is that why we're turning the region over to the Russians / Iran?
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Is that why we're turning the region over to the Russians / Iran?
No silly, Eric Prince.

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But you need to remember Russia is the good guy. Always looking out for US interests abroad.
Whaaaaat? You mean to say Russia is not first and foremost looking out for American interest worldwide? Na, I can't believe that. Trump was elected to keep America first. Surely, Putin was as well

Let me go on record as saying, if Putin and Russia doesn't act in America's best interest from now on, we should sell them some more uranium!!!


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