The United States military has made sure that terrorist groups pay in blood for their crimes against humanity.
After radical Islamic terrorists murdered 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001, the U.S. military has responded in the ensuing 16 years with righteous fury, slaughtering terrorists across the Middle East.
In June 2016, The Washington Post’s Philip Bump compiled estimated ranges of terrorist deaths up to that time:
Afghanistan: 25,000 terrorists dead.
Iraq: 35,000 terrorists dead.
Africa and Arabian peninsula: 750 terrorists dead.
Pakistan: 3,000 terrorists dead.
True numbers are unclear, but since the estimates are more than a year old, NTK used the high numbers of Bump’s ranges.
In addition to these numbers, General Raymond Thomas, chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, estimated in July at the Aspen Security Forum that anti-terror forces had annihilated between 60,000 and 70,000 ISIS fighters.
The terrorist dead add up to somewhere around 125,000 to 130,000, since the U.S. military dedicated itself to hunting down and ending the threat they pose to the United States.
That means that for each of the 3,000 American lives that terrorists stole on 9/11, the United States has killed 40 terrorists.
A commitment to killing terrorists has been a bipartisan pursuit.
President George W. Bush began the Global War on Terror following the 2001 attacks, invading Afghanistan to pursue al-Qaeda and Iraq to depose dictator Saddam Hussein. President Obama drew down the war in some theaters, but escalated in others, using drone strikes and special forces in unofficial fronts like Pakistan, Africa, and the Arabian peninsula.
Through the first 8 months of his presidency, President Trump has intensified the war against radical Islamic terrorist forces in Afghanistan and widened the military’s powers on the front against ISIS.
Trump has carried on the legacy of his presidential predecessors, in the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “maintain[ing] the [American] eagle as it is – flying high and striking hard.” As the president prosecutes the war against ISIS and the Taliban, we can expect the terrorist dead to continue to pile up.
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