With President Trump in office, ISIS has been waging a losing war in Iraq, and Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis wants them to know it.
According to Independent Journal Review, Mattis made an unannounced trip to Iraq to show how hopeless ISIS’s resistance is and to deliver a chilling warning to the terrorists: “[ISIS] have been shown to be unable to stand up to our team in combat and they have not retaken one inch of ground that they’ve lost. You see, ISIS is caught in between converging forces. So ISIS’s days are certainly numbered…”
For nearly four years, ISIS went on the rampage, claiming much of Iraq and Syria and committing horrible atrocities on the people caught within its grasp. Now with the joint efforts of the US-led coalition and Iraqi security forces, ISIS has been reduced to a single city.
Army Lieutenant General Stephen J. Townsend, who’s charged with directing the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, said ISIS’s defeat is inevitable and told of the changes in the war since Trump and Mattis joined the fight.
“A year ago the liberation of Mosul was just some ideas and lines on paper, the liberation of Raqqa was not even that. This week saw the start of Tal Afar after the hard-won victory in Mosul. We’ve seen our Iraqi partners quickly refit and transition their force into a new defensive in Tal Afar. In Syria we’re in our third month to defeat ISIS. Daesh’s defeat is inevitable.”
Mattis condemned the ISIS forces for their cowardice in hiding behind women and children as they lose ground. “An enemy that hides behind women and children are showing who are the people violating every standard of decency and fills us with conviction [for] what we have to do about this enemy.”
The Daily Caller reported this cowardice when ISIS was still fighting to control Mosul in early July. As an act of desperation, ISIS was arming women and children in an effort to slow down incoming ISF forces and ward off airstrikes.
An ISF general related the depressing tactic to the Associated Press. “The women are fighting with their children right beside them. It’s making us hesitant to use airstrikes, to advance. If it weren’t for this we could be finished in just a few hours.”
ISIS’s cowardice and mistreatment of its own people have caused many to flee into the arms of ISF and coalition forces, related Mattis. “I’ve seen people fleeing to ISF and feeling safe when they get to them. That alone is more telling than anything there, you see people risking their lives getting from one side to another. We are the good guys and the innocent people in the battlefield know the difference.”
Gen. Mattis said, “ISIS’s days are certainly numbered…” Are we willing against ISIS?
ISIS has been beaten back to their last remaining city stronghold, Tal Afar, and are completely surrounded by ISF and US-led coalition forces.
As ISIS prepares their defenses for a long siege, coalition forces prepare for the assault in what Mattis considers “ISIS’s last stand.”
Our prayers go out for the brave men and women as they prepare to engage the remnants of this horrific enemy that has plagued us for years. With our military’s imminent victory, the world will rest a little safer as a force of evil is wiped from the face of the earth.