There’s finally some good news to report about the ongoing fight against ISIS.
Ever since 2011, radical Islamists have been raining terror down on the people in Syria and Iraq.
Things took a turn for the worse when ISIS was able to successfully invade Iraq and captured large swaths of territory.
After years of slaughter and oppression, however, it appears that the once formidable terrorist groups is on its heels, as US-coalition and Iraqi forces have liberated the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq, thus depriving them of a much needed strategic outpost.
As reported at Fox News, Iraqi forces have retaken Mosul from the Islamic State, more than three years after the terror group overran the city in June 2014, the US-led coalition announced Monday.
“The global Coalition fighting ISIS congratulates Prime Minister al-Abadi and the Iraqi Security Forces on their historic victory against a brutal and evil enemy,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force, aptly named Operation Inherent Resolve.
“Make no mistake; this victory alone does not eliminate ISIS and there is still a tough fight ahead.
But the loss of one of its twin capitals and a jewel of their so-called caliphate is a decisive blow.”
While there are still extremists hiding in the city and explosive devices needing to be cleared, Iraqi forces still have firm control of the city, US Central Command says.
ISIS’ reign of terror in Mosul saw them tear down many ancient monuments, religious and cultural treasures, and mercilessly slaughter thousands of innocents. They also turned many of the city’s schools and hospitals into bomb-making facilities.
In short, their rule was a nightmare come true, which is why this victory is so important. To celebrate Mosul’s liberation, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi traveled to the city, where he said victory was achieved “by the blood of our martyrs.”
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This massive US-backed operation was launched in October and is only now coming to an end.
The battle for Mosul saw thousands killed and displaced around 900,000 people. Needless to say, rebuilding will be difficult, but with ISIS on the ropes motivation shouldn’t be a problem.
These Muslim fanatics have taken everything from so many people, and they deserve to utterly eradicated from this world. With the momentum from this victory, Iraqi, Syrian, and US-backed forces should press on with the advantage and send ISIS packing for good.
Only then will a fragile peace be restored to the region and retribution be had for the countless victims.
Source: Fox News