Claims of defeat of ISIS in Iraq, Syria

Iraq claims to have driven ISIS out of the country, and Russian claims to have defeated ISIS in Syria.

Reuters: Islamic State completely ‘evicted’ from Iraq, Iraqi PM says

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.

The Iraqi forces recaptured the last areas still under IS control along the border with Syria, state television quoted Abadi as telling an Arab media conference in Baghdad.

Several squadrons of Iraqi helicopters flew over Baghdad carrying Iraqi flags at noon, in an apparent rehearsal for a victory parade that Iraq is planning to hold in the coming days.

“Commander-in-Chief @HaiderAlAbadi announces that Iraq’s armed forces have secured the western desert & the entire Iraq Syria border, says this marks the end of the war against Daesh terrorists who have been completely defeated and evicted from Iraq,” the federal government’s official account tweeted.

In a separate tweet later, Abadi said: “Our heroic armed forces have now secured the entire length of the Iraq-Syria border. We defeated Daesh through our unity and sacrifice for the nation. Long live Iraq and its people.”

New Zealand has helped with the training of Iraqi military in their fight against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh: Announcement of New Zealand Defence Force personnel being deployed in a non-combat training mission to Iraq

On 24 February 2015, the government announced that the New Zealand Defence Force will deploy to Iraq in a non-combat training mission to build the capacity of the Iraqi security forces to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Up to 143 New Zealand Defence Force personnel were approved by Cabinet to deploy on a training mission, with the main body of the deployment expected to deploy in May 2015. The training of Iraqi security forces at Taji will cover a broad range of individual and organisational military skills so that Iraqi security forces can eventually assume responsibility for delivering their own training programmes.

Extension of the Iraq Deployment

On 20 June 2016, the Government decided to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the Building Partner Capacity mission to 30 November 2018.

The Minister of Defence’s press release regarding the extension.

Rudaw: Russia declares Syria ‘completely liberated’ from ISIS

Russia’s defence minister has informed President Vladimir Putin of the defeat of ISIS in Syria and the “complete” liberation of that country.

“All ISIS formations in Syria have been defeated. Syria has been liberated from terrorists,” General of the Army Valery Gerasimov stated Wednesday evening, adding that Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin of this “about an hour ago.”

Announcing the liberation of four villages in Deir ez-Zor province, “there are no territories controlled by ISIS in Syria today,” Gerasimov said.

The military operations were overseen by Russian military advisers “operating in every grouping of the government troops,” according to a statement from Russia’s Ministry of Defence.

“Units of Kurdish militia and tribes from the East Euphrates operating under the leadership of the joint staff and Russian military advisers have made a large contribution to the liberation of territories located to the east from the Euphrates,” Gerasimov added.

On Sunday, in a joint press conference with Russian military officials, the Kurdish armed force YPG announced the defeat of ISIS in the rural areas of Deir ez-Zor province, east of the Euphrates River.

These are major victories and will have significantly reduced the power and influence of ISIS, but I doubt it will be the end of ISIS related terrorism, which may now be be one of it’s only ways of trying to continue their aims.

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  1. Gezza

     /  December 10, 2017

    I’m inclined to agree PG. ISIS can no longer claim to have a Caliphate in the Middle East but Islamic fundamentalist terrorism is unlikely to go away & the fight against it will continue to cost billions for the West. ISIS & Al Qaeda are as much ideas & belief systems as concrete formations. ISIS is very active in Afghanistan still.

  2. wackAmole

     /  December 10, 2017

    “major victories and will have significantly reduced the power and influence of ISIS, but I doubt it will be the end of ISIS related terrorism”

    Not while ISIS continues to enjoy covert US support.

    US has designs on Syria and won’t leave the NE area voluntarily, now that ISIS is declared defeated – the fig leaf the US used to put troops on the ground there to begin with. Looks like plenty more fighting ahead:

    “Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp Brigadier General Haj Qassem Soleimani sent a verbal letter, via Russia, to the head of the US forces commander in Syria..

    My message to the US military command: when the battle against ISIS (the Islamic State group) will end, no American soldier will be tolerated in Syria. I advise you to leave by your own will or you will be forced to it”, said Soleimani to a Russian officer. Soleimani asked the Russian responsible to expose the Iranian intentions towards the US: that they will be considered as forces of occupation if these decide to stay in north-east Syria where Kurds and Arab tribes cohabit together.”

    https://elijahjm.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/qassem-soleimanis-letter-to-the-us-leave-syria-or-else-could-al-hasaka-2018-become-beirut-1983/

  3. artcroft

     /  December 10, 2017

    Interesting that the Russians get to make this announcement given that the West did large amounts of bombing as well.

    Now David’s deal maker president has to prove himself. Who gets control of Syria? Russian puppets or American puppets.

    I guess Putin will wave that dossier in front of Trumpy while handing him the script he’ll have to read to the American people.

  4. https://isis.liveuamap.com/

    ISIS is beat, but not eradicated, Russia jumps the gun on announcements regularly, declaring Abu kamal free 3-4 days early for example.

  5. Corky

     /  December 10, 2017

    I’m just thinking about those the poor Westerners who will lose their lives to Muslim extremists over the Christmas break. Some poor victim buying presents and looking forward to Christmas with loved ones.Filled with joy, and maybe a little stressed. Next minute dead. On a mortuary slab. Family shattered, never to be the same again. They are more the victims of treasonous politicians rather than extremists.

    Just reading a book by Tom Marcus called ” Soldier Spy” Great book about the British secret services endless fight against these Muslim nutcases. Pity the censors didn’t allow more details

    • Blazer

       /  December 10, 2017

      what about the poor Muslim solo mum with 3 kids ,husband dead and now her house’…accidently obliterated by a drone strike as she was ….preparing ..breakfast.

      • Corky

         /  December 10, 2017

        It’s called collateral damage by the military. Not by a culture, religion or country with plans of world domination, or wanting to implement the equivalent of world domination.

  6. PDB

     /  December 10, 2017

    NZ Herald Headline 2015 – “Get some guts and join the right side’ – John Key lashes out as he sends NZ troops to Iraq for Isis fight.”

    “NZ Political parties react to the Government decision to send troops to Iraq. Even Act – a party which is straight up and down about New Zealand needing to contribute to curry favour with traditional alllies – is expressing reservations about the deployment. Never mind Labour and the Greens. When the likes of Peter Dunne are vehemently opposed to such a course of action – and Winston Peters for that matter too – then Key really has reason to worry whether he has called this one right. The essential problem is with the training role. No-one has any confidence it will make even a skerrick of difference to what ultimately happens in Iraq.”

    • Gezza

       /  December 10, 2017

      I haven’t seen any announcement that the Iraqi Peshmerga, militia & regular forces owe it all to NZ?

    • Blazer

       /  December 10, 2017

      the most unlikely person ever to ..’get some guts’..

      • Gezza

         /  December 10, 2017

        Well, to be fair, it looks to me like he’s got some guts? 😳

  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 10, 2017

    I’m looking forward to Jacinda congratulating the NZDF on a job well done completing an assignment Labour opposed and ridiculed.

    • Gezza

       /  December 10, 2017

      Me too. Are Haider’s Iraqi Army & the Kurdish Peshmerga still shooting at each other North of Kirkuk, do you know? I have this mental image of three Kiwi-trained soldiers shooting at dozens of US-trained ones.

      The next challenge for the Iraqi government will be to hold everything together when the Shiite militias have to account for all the missing Sunni men they took away in the areas they liberated who haven’t been seen since.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 10, 2017

      In that vein I recall Sir Gerald’s opposition to the deployment as well. So I’ll claim another scalp there too.

      • Gezza

         /  December 10, 2017

        My opposition remains. These folk should be left to sort their own shit out. Everybody else should just shut their doors, & piss off & leave them to it. The US created ISIS. Without their illegal invasion of Iraq, & their disbanding and immediate disemployment of the well-educated k trained Sunni Iraqi army officers, & their subsequent placing those Baathists among them all together in a single detention camp after the disgraceful shambles of Abu Ghraib was shown to the workd – & then stupidly employing Al Baghdadi to be a liaison officer & counsellor to these prisoners, they would never have come into existence.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  December 10, 2017

          None of that speaks to the wisdom of trying to fix what Obama had wrecked.

          • Gezza

             /  December 10, 2017

            It speaks to the propensity for US Presidents to fuck things up in a region wherever they get militarily involved and get touted as the solution to a war or other problem caused by their prececessors.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  December 10, 2017

              Obama’s problem was getting uninvolved.

            • Gezza

               /  December 10, 2017

              Trump’s is going to be getting conned by Bibi & Jared. It will have implications for this region as well.

            • Gezza

               /  December 10, 2017

              Poor Rex. I dunno how long he can keep working for him. He’s got some bloody clues & he’s already told other people his boss is a moron.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  December 10, 2017

              So you are going to be wrong again.

            • Gezza

               /  December 10, 2017

              No, I agree with Rex.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  December 10, 2017

              Your doom is sealed. I will remember.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  December 10, 2017

              Your doom is sealed. I will remember.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  December 10, 2017

              WP confused itself.

            • Gezza

               /  December 10, 2017

              😮 Shit. What exactly have you done to the truck? 😡

  8. thepragmatistmindmap

     /  January 2, 2018

    I wouldn’t go as far as saying ISIS has been eradicated because quiet clearly it hasn’t. they have been defeated in some areas, the morale has obviously been lowered but it would be interesting to see the West’s stance, particularly because it was the West who fuelled the civil war in Syria and was partially responsible for the creation of ISIS