While the previous administration was extremely reluctant to put U.S. boots on the ground to exterminate ISIS, President Trump has decided that it was the time for action.
Exterminating ISIS was one of Trump’s loftiest goals from the 2016 Presidential election, but it seems that the Commander in Chief is wasting no time getting to the enemy. The first round of boots on the ground were Army Rangers within the last week, with Marines arriving today to assist.
“U.S. officials quoted in the reporting this evening are comparing it to elements of U.S. support to the battle of Mosul in Iraq. The deployed force is an artillery unit from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked in the USS Makin Island (LHD-8) amphibious ready group (ARG). 11 MEU’s Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 1st Battalion 4th Marines, will man the guns.
“In 2016, ‘several hundred’ Marines were deployed in the artillery support role for Mosul, where the infantry fighting was done by a combination of Kurds, Iraqi national forces, and Iran-backed Iraqi ‘militia’ units. No statement has been made of the number of Marines being moved to Syria, but it is presumably comparable. The artillery battery and infantrymen combined probably comprise some 300-350 Marines. The infantry fighting will be done by a locally sourced force, as in Mosul, in which the Kurds are likely to figure prominently again.”
Radical Islamic terrorism was ignorantly low on former President Obama’s list of priorities, as evidenced by the mere fact that he shied away from using the term itself. Now, as Trump works to spin the nation 180 degrees from the direction of the last eight years, we may finally see the end of Jihad as we know it.
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