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U.S. Drawing Down Military Presence in Iraq After ISIS Defeated

Here’s something you’re guaranteed to not hear in the mainstream media this week: U.S. forces are being pulled from an American-led coalition base in Iraq due to the defeat of ISIS in that country.

Sources indicate that nearly 60 percent of American forces will be leaving Iraq, with roughly 4,000 remaining to help train that nation’s military.

Late in 2017, reports indicated that the Islamic State had lost 98 percent of its territory in Iraq and Syria, a majority of which occurred since President Trump took control as commander-in-chief.

Imagine that: Obama had several years to get what he called ‘the JV team’ under control and couldn’t. Trump has had one year and he’s wiped them off the map in Iraq.


Assessments at that time indicated there were only around 1,000 ISIS fighters remaining in Iraq and Syria, down from 45,000 two years ago, and down from 35,000 on the day Trump was inaugurated.


As opposed to the previous administration, the White House isn’t content to let ISIS terrorists scurry off to other countries and regain strength either.

Many of the U.S. troops will be sent to Afghanistan to combat the Taliban in that country.

“We’ve had a recent change of mission and soon we’ll be supporting a different theater of operations in the coming month,” U.S. Army 1st Lt. William John Raymond announced.


Trump has been credited by top military commanders for relaxing the rules of engagement for enemy combatants and unleashing U.S. forces instead of handcuffing them in an attempt to defeat ISIS.

“Obama micromanaged the war,” former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula claimed. “We could have accomplished our objectives through the use of overwhelming air power in three months not in three years.”

No doubt the U.S. will continue to exert overwhelming power to defeat any other terrorist coalition in Afghanistan next.

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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