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On Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 4:00:38 AM UTC-8, wrote:
> "Since Trump took office, ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once held."   
> Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon 
> The massive gains come after years of "onerous" rules, when critics say the Obama administration
“micromanaged” the war and shunned a more intensive air strategy that could have ended the
conflict much sooner. 
> “The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous. I mean what were we doing
having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which in some cases added
weeks and weeks,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head of U.S. Air Force
intelligence. “The limitations that were put on actually resulted in greater civilian
> The latest American intelligence assessment says fewer than 1,000 ISIS fighters now remain in Iraq
and Syria, down from a peak of nearly 45,000 just two years ago. U.S. officials credit nearly 30,000
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and regional partners on the ground for killing more than 70,000
jihadists. Meanwhile, only a few thousand have returned home. 
> The remaining ISIS strongholds are concentrated in a small area along the border of Syria and
Iraq. ISIS, at one point, when Obama was in office, controlled an area the size of Ohio. 
> While ISIS has been largely defeated, it continues to call on followers around the world to
conduct terror attacks during the holidays with a new message sprouting up on Tuesday, and a suicide
attack in Kabul on Christmas with ISIS claiming responsibility. It’s part of the terror group’s
effort to expand influence into Africa and Afghanistan. The U.S. envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition
warned late last week not to expect a complete defeat anytime soon. 
> “ISIS became a brand, and a lot of pre-existing terrorist groups — you’ve seen this in the
Sinai, for example — start to raise the flag of ISIS, mainly to recruit foreign fighters and other
things,” said Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS at
the U.S. Department of State, in a press briefing Thursday with reporters at the State Department. 
> Deptula thinks the ISIS fight would have ended much sooner if then-President Obama had given his
military commander in the field more authority. He compared President Obama’s actions to President
Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War. 
> “Obama micromanaged the war,” Deptula said. “We could have accomplished our objectives
through the use of overwhelming air power in three months not in three years.” 
> Deptula said ISIS-controlled oil supplies weren’t targeted for 15 months beginning in 2014,
giving the terror group $800 million in much needed revenue to plot attacks and enslave millions of
> Irish Mike 
> "ISIS is just a JV team." - Barack Obama

Trump and his howling monkeys like Irish Mike are nothing but puffery. Lt. General Abdul-Wahab
al-Saadi is the Iraqi three-star general who commands the "Golden Division" of Iraq's
Counter-Terrorism Service, the Iraqi version of US Special Operations Forces, which spearheaded the
fight against ISIS. He publicly stated that he saw no difference in American support provided during
the administrations of Obama and Trump.

 . . and some background. The US is on notice to get out of Iraq and Syria along with their
remaining ISIS co-conspirators:

' Today the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared victory and the 'end of the war' against ISIS
on the Iraqi side:

    "Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end
of the war against Daesh (IS)," Abadi told a conference in Baghdad.

North of the Euphrates the U.S. proxy force SDF had recently negotiated another agreement (42) with
the remaining Islamic State fighters there. ISIS allegedly handed over a border crossing with Iraq
to the SDF and in exchange was guaranteed free passage through SDF controlled areas. This agreement
came after an earlier one in which the U.S. and SDF let 3,500 ISIS fighters flee from Raqqa to fight
the Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor. That was a U.S. attempt to delay or prevent the victory of Syria and
its allies. It failed.

Shortly after the claimed new ceasefire between the U.S. SDF proxies and ISIS, Russian officers met
with officials of the Kurdish YPG, the central force of the SDF. The talks completely changed the
situation. In a joint press conference the Kurds and the Russians committed to work together to
fight ISIS east of the Euphrates. It seems that the YPG is no longer convinced that the U.S. is
willing to do so. The Russians took command and the Russian air forces has since supported the YPG
in its fight against ISIS in Deir Ezzor governate on the eastern bank of the river:

    “A joint operative staff has been created in the town of Es-Salhiya to provide direct control
and organize the cooperation with the popular militia units. Apart from Russian advisors,
representatives of the eastern Euphrates tribes are taken part in it,” Poplavskiy said, noting
that in the “coming days” the entire territory east of Euphrates River will be free from

    Mahmoud Nuri, a representative of the Kurdish YPG, stated that the militia “battled ISIS under
Russian command very effectively.” Kurdish forces have also expressed readiness to ensure the
safety of the Russian military specialists operating on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

The U.S. is seriously miffed that the Russians are suddenly supporting the U.S. proxy in Syria's
north-east. The U.S. wants to claim the area for itself. (It probably also wants to protect the rest
of ISIS there to reuse it when convenient.) The U.S. claims that the Russian air support for the
Kurds is violating "coalition airspace".

The U.S. is not invited to Syria but now claims airspace above the country? The Russians, allied
with the Syrian government, are invited to fly there. It is obvious who has a sound legal
justification to be in the area and who has not.'