How the Islamic State Was Defeated in Iraq and Syria.
From 2015 to 2019.
The Islamic State began as the Organisation of Monotheism and Jihad, created in 1999 by Jordanian career criminal Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Originally the group wanted to overthrow the Jordanian monarchy, but after the American invasion of Iraq, Zarqawi’s goal became igniting a sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the Middle East. He went to Iraq in 2003 and launched what was at that time the most violent insurgency in the region’s history.
Many name changes later, the late Zarqawi’s group was virtually defeated. In 2010, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—the current emir—recruited former intelligence and military officers from Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist regime, and together they created an ideology that merged Islamism and national socialism. Most of Saddam’s men were living in Syria, another Ba’athist state. After the US withdrew from Iraq in 2011, the Islamic state returned to all the areas from which it had been driven out.
When the Syrian uprising started in 2011, the Islamic State sent terrorists to establish the al-Nusra Front. It was headed by Abu Mohammed al-Julani, a former aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. My guess is that he’s a Saudi agent working against jihadist terrorism in the Middle East. His background is a complete mystery, and of all the major emirs who came to prominence after the Arab Spring of 2011, he’s the only one still alive.
In 2012, the Islamic State resumed the Iraq car-bombing campaign that had brought the country to the brink of all-out civil war. Syria and Iraq descended into hell. Both the Syrian Arab Army and the Iraqi Security Forces disintegrated. In Iraq, an entire division of 30,000 men fled 800 Islamic State terrorists. The Islamic State became the most heavily armed terrorist group in the world by capturing Syrian weapons depots and abandoned Iraqi equipment and bases.
Iran and Russia intervened in Syria, but they actually attacked secular rebel groups trying to overthrow Assad. The Islamic State grew in power. It’s called the “Algerian Strategy.” Assad, Putin, and the Iranian mullahs wanted the Islamic State to become such a threat that Syrians would have no choice but to support Assad as the lesser of two VERY demonic evils.
Everything changed in October of 2015.
In Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces—a secular, multiethnic group dominated by Marxist Kurds—was formed. And in Iraq, the terribly chaotic offensive to free the city of Ramadi was halted. When the Iraqis went back into the fight, they won every battle until they had defeated the Islamic State. And in Syria, the Syrian Arab Coalition of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) undertook incredible missions, such as retaking Tishrin Dam in broad daylight, with no cover.
The dam was heavily boobytrapped, but the SDF killed all the terrorists before they could set off the bombs.
This commando was photographed during the operation.
He wears the insignia of the Kurdish YPG, but it’s simply not possible that the YPG took Tishrin Dam by itself. The only answer is that professional special-operations units were attached to the SDF, fighting as Kurds.
It was the same in Iraq. Men were armed with completely unknown weapons. This is the shortest M4 carbine I’ve ever seen, and it has a secondary weapon attached to the barrel. You can see a magazine at the front. It may even have a THIRD weapon—a tiny shotgun. It appears to be a rifle, a heavy-caliber submachine gun, and a shotgun in one. It’s a weapon for close combat, in tunnels and houses.
That man is uniformed as an Iraqi, but he’s from another country.
Defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria required a two-pronged strategy:
One, commandos were attached to local units and fought as members of the SDF and the Iraqi Security Forces. These commandos were never publicly acknowledged. They used incredibly advanced weaponry and fought in “combined arms micro teams.” Each team was comprised of one element from every branch of service. For example, a micro team would have one tank, one bulldozer, one self-propelled artillery piece, one helicopter gunship, one fixed-wing multirole jet fighter, one infantry squad, one engineer squad, one mortar squad, one antitank squad, one sniper squad, and one machine-gun squad.
The second prong of the strategy was to “hollow out” enemy forces. Gulf Arab states offered to attach commandos to jihadist rebel units. Those commandos then took over the rebel units until they existed in name only.
From mid-2016 onward, there’s virtually no genuine jihadist combat footage coming out of Syria. It’s all actors firing into empty buildings.
REAL combat—such as the liberation of Raqqa—was never filmed.
The jihadists were defeated, and so were Iran, Russia, and Turkey. The Turks bought what Germany said were the best tanks in the world, the Leopard 2. Commandos attached to Kurdish units destroyed these tanks using missiles with fuel-air explosive warheads. The tanks were vaporized.
In the Middle East, it’s not possible for westerners to directly intervene. There’s too much historical baggage. The Law of Unintended Consequences ensures that whatever we try to do will cause problems that we never anticipated. Therefore the Gulf Arabs and their allies hit on the perfect solution: fight in secret.
The Iraqis and Syrians deserve all the credit for their victories because they PUT ASIDE THE PAST. And in case you have suspicions that the Gulf Arabs are actually carrying out a clandestine plan for domination, don’t worry. ALL THE ECONOMIES of the Gulf Arabs require stability as they transition off of oil. If this were an attempt to control the region, it would cause more instability. The Gulf Arabs would suffer the same fate we did in Iraq.
That’s why the Saudis told us in 2003, “DON’T INVADE. DON’T OVERTHROW SADDAM HUSSEIN.”
So: In October of 2015, the locals agreed to accept help. Secret help. And now we see the result.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on February 28 that they had tightened their siege on Islamic State fighters remaining in Baghuz, in east Deir Ezzor. The Kurdish news outlet, ANHA, shared this footage on February 28, described as showing hundreds of Islamic State fighters surrendering to SDF near Baghuz.
As Trump always says, “We want to do it right.”
In the Middle East, they’re doing it right.