President Trump isn’t playing around when it comes to terrorism. ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban. You name the group and he has shown he’s going to go after them. On the ISIS front, some incredible news broke recently about how things are going in that fight.
From Fox News:
The Syrian city of Raqqa was liberated from ISIS fighters Tuesday, a commander with U.S.-backed Syrian forces said, announcing the “fall of the capital of terrorism.”
Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told The Associated Press on Tuesday there were no longer clashes going on in the city, and that a formal declaration would follow.
Despite Sillo’s announcement, a U.S. military spokesperson told Fox News the ISIS stronghold has been 90 percent recaptured and some fighting remains.
Tough to beat that.
It looks like Trump’s efforts to take the fight to ISIS have paid off in a huge way when it comes to Syria.
In Afghanistan, ISIS has begun to establish a foothold.
You probably remember how Trump first addressed that problem.
With the mother of all bombs.
From Fox News:
The U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News.
The GBU-43B, a 21,000-pound conventional bomb, was deployed in Nangarhar Province close to the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. By comparison, each Tomahawk cruise missile launched at a Syrian military air base last week weighed 1,000 pounds each.
The definition of big league.
The Trump administration wasn’t done.
We learned some pretty significant news today about the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan. It took a big step forward.
From The Daily Caller:
CIA paramilitary forces are expanding partner operations in Afghanistan to hunt and kill high level Taliban operatives, The New York Times reports.
These CIA missions will reportedly include both paramilitary personnel of the CIA along with U.S. special operations forces detailed to the agency for specific missions. The use of special operations forces allows hunter killer teams to call in air support, if necessary, as they hunt Taliban bomb-makers across the country.
The loosening of restrictions on CIA ground operations in Afghanistan is part of a broader push by President Donald Trump’s administration to accelerate pressure on Taliban militants. Trump previously loosened CIA drone strike rules in Afghanistan that will now allow for some civilian casualties relative to the importance of the target.
From The Hill:
The CIA is increasing its covert operations in Afghanistan as groups of small, highly specialized teams pursue terrorist insurgents throughout the war-torn state, The New York Times reported on Sunday.
The expanded assignments signal a shift in strategy at the CIA under its new director, Mike Pompeo, according to two senior U.S. officials who spoke with the Times.
The CIA previously aimed to beat al Qaeda and assist the Afghan intelligence service, but now the agency is stepping up its missions in Afghanistan in an open-ended campaign to hunt down the Taliban.
“We can’t perform our mission if we’re not aggressive,” the CIA chief said at a security conference earlier this month at the University of Texas, according to the Times.
“This is unforgiving, relentless. You pick the word. Every minute, we have to be focused on crushing our enemies.”
I’ll take it.
Doesn’t seem like the best idea in the world that this story was given to the press but I guess it doesn’t really matter anyway. It’s not like these leaders will have any shot at living once the CIA figures out where they are.
It’s great to finally have a president who finally takes this kind of thing seriously and isn’t afraid to show a sense of urgency.