The looming collapse of the last IS pockets of resistance in Syria opens the door for US President Donald Trump to pull his forces out of a war he believes America should never have been involved with in the first place.
Globalists, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, may lament the president’s commitment to withdraw from what he terms, ‘forever wars’, but it will certainly come as good news to the friends and family of US forces fighting overseas.
And with US-backed fighters in Syria poised to capture Islamic State’s last enclave on the Euphrates, that good news may arrive shortly.
The end of ISIS?
Commander of the assault by Syrian Democratic Forces Jiya Furat said that the SDF had cornered the remaining militants in a neighbourhood of Baghouz village, near the Iraqui border.
While some ISIS fighters still hold a small section of central Syria’s desert and have moved underground in order to launch some new attacks, it is believed that their territorial rule is almost over, for now.
This will also mark the final end of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s supreme rule over all Muslim people and the land, beginning with the Mosul mosque in northern Iraq in 2014.
According to RAW, he took advantage of regional chaos and proclaimed himself caliph — setting up a governing system with courts, a currency and a flag — which at its height spanned almost to Baghdad, encompassing over two million inhabitants.
Though it was steadily pushed back from international military responses in 2015, it was flooded by massacres, beheadings of hostages and sexual slavery.
Now, it seems the end is in sight.
‘In the coming few days, in a very short time, we will spread the good tidings to the world of the military end of Daesh,’ he said, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
Europe to receive captured militants for sentencing
Furat says the militants are under fire from all sides. But hundreds of civilians — including ISIS family members — are believed to be inside.
Trump announced on Saturday that the caliphate was ‘ready to fall’ and is asking European allies to bring more than 800 captured Islamic State Fighters back into Britain, France and Germany, so they can be put on trial.
‘The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them…’ he added.
He then adds that this will mark the end of US involvement in Syria.
‘….The US does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much — Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!’
Rightly so. Western soldiers have been sent to the front for years, and it’s about time they came home.
RAW reports that James Franklin Jeffrey, the United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, assured those attending the Munich Security Conference that the retreat of the US military will not be abrupt, but rather a step-by-step withdrawal of troops.
But what does seem unconfirmed is what will amount to Washington’s Kurdish allies and Turkish involvement in northeast Syria.
There are talks of a ‘safe zone’ being established on the Turkish-Syrian border. But on how to deal with the captured militants, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar seemed to disagree with Jeffery.
‘We have respect for the territorial integrity of Syria, but the main issue is the safety and security of the Turkish border and Turkish people,’ Akar said. ‘The main issue is security to get rid of the terrorists regardless of whether the YPG [Kurds] or Daesh [Islamic State].’
Perhaps in the next week, we will see these militants captured and detained. And hopefully even sooner, we will see them receive the justice they deserve, from whichever state decides to hand it.
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