Jim Mattis, in Baghdad, says IS are ‘on the run’
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Tuesday that he is confident that US-backed Iraqi forces eventually militant Islamic state clinging to strengths that diminish in size and number. “ISIS is fleeing,” Mattis said. With Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other leaders of the Iraqi government. “They were unable to resist our team in combat.” Mattis spoke with Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the chief US commander in Iraq, who is expected to complete his duty here in early September. “The fight is difficult,” said Lt. Gen. Townsend, “but the momentum is with our partners.”
Previously, Mr. Mattis described the extremists as being trapped in a military tie squeezing on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border. Mattis arrived in the Iraqi capital after President Donald Trump described a new approach to the war in Afghanistan. M. Trump has also pledged to take a more aggressive and effective approach against it in Iraq and Syria but has yet to announce a conflict strategy that is significantly different from its predecessors. The Pentagon chief told reporters before leaving Jordan’s Middle River Ephrate valley on Iraq’s Iraqi city of Al-Qaim, in the city of Der el-Zour, southeast will be unveiled in time for IS is struck from both ends of the valley that cuts Iraq and Syria.
“You see, ISIS is now trapped between converging forces,” he said, using an alternative acronym for the radical group, which broke out in western and northern Iraq in 2014 and dominated Syria for more than two years. “So the days are already counted ISIS, but it’s not over yet and soon it will not be soon.” Mattis spoke of this area as “the last point of ISIS.” Against the war in Afghanistan, Iraq offers a more positive story for the White House, at least for now. The US Air Force officer in Iraq, Brigadeur General Andrew A. Croft, said that in the last month, SI has lost much of its command and control capacity. “It’s less coordinated than it was before,” he said. “It seems more fragile fragile is the word I would use.
“It seems likely that in the coming months, M. Trump is able to declare a sort of victory in Iraq because IS combatants are marginalized and lose their claim to have a” caliphate “within Iraq’s borders. , Is a darker problem, although ground is not lost in front of the local supported fighters of the United States and the forces of the Syrian government backed by the Russians. By the fundamental principle of local government forces are fighting instead of having troops fighting for the United States.It is unlikely to change in either country.Even though the Taliban are the main opposition force in Afghanistan , An SI subsidiary has also emerged.
In both countries, US airpower Plays an important role in supporting local forces and the Pentagon is trying to facilitate the development of strong local air forces. In Iraq, the political landscape is overshadowed by the same sectarian and ethnic divisions between Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish factions that have repeatedly shaken, and sometimes reversed, security gains after Saddam Hussein’s 2003 fall. An immediate concern is a referendum on Kurdish independence to be held on 25 September. If it succeeds, it could alter a delicate political balance in Iraq and ignite the tensions with Turkey, the Kurds fought an insurgency against the central government for decades. McGurk reiterated the opposition of the United States to the celebration of the Iraqi Kurdish referendum.