Under Trump, gains against ISIS have ‘dramatically accelerated’ with nearly a THIRD of all territory taken from ISIS in Iraq and Syria since 2014 having come in the past six months

Sunday, August 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

So far, the US has reclaimed 78 per cent of ISIS-occupied areas in Iraq and 58 per cent of those in Syria
In total, that’s around 27,000sqm of territory, 8,000 of which has been taken since February of this year
A State Dept envoy – who held the same job under Obama – said Trump’s changes helped spur those wins
They include delegating decisions to military heads and engaging in a so-called ‘campaign of annihilation’
That means cities are surrounded before attacks to ensure no militants are able to escape elsewhere
ISIS has also lost around 45 per cent of Raqqa, the Syrian city that acts as the nerve center of its ‘Caliphate’
And although the relationship with Russia has deteriorated, their militaries speak daily, the envoy said

6 August 2017

The war against ISIS has taken dramatic strides since Donald Trump became president, with the US and its allies reclaiming swathes of Iraq and Syria.

In fact, of all the land reclaimed by the US-led coalition since 2014, nearly one third has been taken since Trump took office.

That’s thanks to Trump’s decision to delegate decisions and engage in a ‘campaign of annihilation,’ Brett McGurk, the State Department’s senior envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition, told the Washington Post.

ince its peak in early 2015, ISIS has lost 78 per cent of its occupied areas in Iraq and 58 per cent in Syria.
In total, that’s around 27,000 square miles of territory, 8,000 of which has been taken since February of this year.

That has almost entirely stopped civilian displacements in the countries and seen thousands of people able to return to their homes, McGurk, who had the same role under Obama, said.

ISIS has also lost around 45 per cent of its control of Raqqa, the backwater Syrian city that became its nerve center and the capital of its supposed ‘Caliphate’.

Losing Raqqa altogether would strike a massive blow to the organization.

McGurk believes the continued success of the coalition is down to operational changes made by Trump.

In particular, McGurk said, the campaign has benefited from Trump’s decision to hand control over to his generals.
Delegating decisions to those with more experience on the ground has allowed for faster and more fluid reactions to changes in the theater of war, McGurk said.

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