Since before former President Barack Obama erroneously referred to the brutal terror group as “the JV team,” ISIS has been a growing problem for United States and coalition forces.
In addition to engaging American service members on the battlefield, ISIS members have taken pleasure in the brutal slaughter of Christians, trained boys as young as 8 years old to behead “infidels,” recruited innocent young girls and kept them as sex slaves, and taken responsibility for any number of “lone-wolf” style attacks in countries all over the world.
But since President Donald Trump took office and “unleashed” Secretary of DefenseJames Mattis, the wind appears to be changing. At least, that’s what Air Force Lt. Gen.Jeffrey L. Harrigian, commander of Air Force operations under U.S. Central Command, said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Friday:
“As you look at what’s happening on the battlefield today, we’ve got them on the run.”
And now that 70 percent of the city of Raqqa, Syria — formerly known as the capital of what ISIS intended to be the new “caliphate” — is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (backed by the United States), many are beginning to agree.
Brett McGurk, the State Department’s senior envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, said that steps President Trump has taken, including delegating decision-making authority down from the White House to commanders in the field, have “dramatically accelerated” gains against the militants.
Combined Islamic State losses in both countries since the group’s peak control in early 2015 total about 27,000 square miles of territory — 78 percent of militant holdings in Iraq and 58 percent in Syria. About 8,000 square miles have been reclaimed under Trump, McGurk said in a briefing for reporters.
Harrigian then delivered just three words that describe the U.S. mission to wipe out ISIS with President Trump at the helm: “Nothing but success.”