President Trump fulfills campaign promise, delivers severe blow to terror groups

April 8, 2018

President Donald Trump promised during his 2016 campaign to “crush and destroy” the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Now, making good on yet another part of his platform, the president and his administration are continuing to do just that.

Targeting both ISIS and al-Shabaab, the U.S. military — aided by coalition forces — launched successful attacks in Somalia, Syria, and Iraq earlier this month, further crippling the besieged terrorist organizations. 

Attacking al-Shabaab in Somalia

“In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an air strike against al-Shabaab militants near Jilib, Somalia, the afternoon of April 5, killing three terrorists and destroying one vehicle with a mounted heavy machine gun,” a statement issued by the U.S. Africa Command reads.

Al-Shabaab is a faction of militant Islamists located in the northern part of the horn of Africa.

The Trump administration began targeting the al-Qaida-allied group around the end of 2017.

Thursday’s airstrike was the 11th strike delivered by American aircraft in Somalia this year. These follow more than 30 strikes in 2017, when President Trump expanded military efforts and eased combat rules.

Al-Shabaab lost control of most Somalian cities and towns in 2011 after withdrawing from the capital, Mogadishu, though the terrorist group has managed to maintain a presence in the region. But attacks like Thursday’s have stifled their efforts, and reminded the terrorist groups that America is watching.

Confronting ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Similar victories were made over the last week against ISIS. U.S. and coalition forces conducted 11 airstrikes targeting the terrorist organization in both Iraq and Syria, especially near Syria’s Abu Kamal, a city located near the country’s border with Iraq, where, according to reports, U.S. and coalition forces destroyed ISIS tactical units and vehicles.

U.S. forces also worked with the Iraqi military to launch several airstrikes targeting buildings, tactical units, vehicles, and even a cave complex near Baghdad, all thought to be under the control of ISIS.

The attacks in Syria and Iraq come as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, a U.S.-led joint task force charged with eliminating ISIS.

These recent airstrikes make clear that the Trump administration has continued — and will continue — their aggressive policy of eliminating terrorist safe havens in the Middle East.

Although ISIS and allied terrorist organizations have yet to be completely defeated, with Trump at the helm, it is beginning to look as though victory is on the horizon for the U.S. and its allies. This is truly what strong leadership looks like.

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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut.