11/30/17 – ISIS

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What’s happened to ISIS?

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

In 2014, President Barack Obama arrogantly dismissed the Islamic State as the “jayvee team.”  Well, the jayvee team came perilously close to toppling Syria and Iraq.

Obama’s “Arab Spring” strategy included targeting the Syrian government. The chaos that ensued presented an opportunity for the Islamic insurgency.  In a matter of months, it claimed about half of Syria and Iraq.  Its leader announced a caliphate.

At its peak, ISIS controlled territory that included about 10 million Syrians, Iraqis and Kurds.  It committed atrocities against Syrian troops, Christians, Kurds, Yazidis — just about anybody.

People were slaughtered in the cruelest ways. Beheadings were routine. Public executions commonplace. Women were bought and sold as sex slaves. Children were trained to kill.  It was the worst of mankind.

Earlier this year, the U.S. dramatically increased anti-ISIS operations. The caliphate is now gone. Its capital, Raqqa, has been liberated.  The last ISIS stronghold along the Euphrates River valley has fallen.

Millions have been freed from its rule.  The so-called jayvee team that caused so much human suffering is on the run.  It’s still a deadly insurgency.  But it’s diminished in power.  And that’s a good thing.

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