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ISIS Losing Big in Syria, Surrendering “En Masse” in Iraq

U.S.-backed forces are closing in on ISIS’ stronghold in Syria, and ISIS ‘fighters’ in Iraq are surrendering in humiliating fashion.

Trump and his generals

The U.S. and its allies are making serious headway against ISIS ‘fighters’ in both Iraq and Syria, according to recent press reports.

U.S.-backed forces are making a serious push to defeat ISIS in its last Syrian stronghold, Raqqa, according to The Associated Press.

Mustafa Bali of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told The Associated Press that the battle is expected to last between seven to 10 days. The extremists still have hundreds of fighters in the city that was once their de facto capital.

The Kurdish-led forces launched an offensive against IS in Raqqa in early June, under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition. The Kurdish-led group has captured 80 percent of the city, leaving IS in control of parts of the Raqqa’s center and north.

And a fascinating exposé from The New York Times shows that ISIS ‘fighters’ in Iraq are surrendering “en masse” to “Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq,” often in humiliating fashion.

More than a thousand prisoners determined to be Islamic State fighters passed through that room last week after they fled their crumbling Iraqi stronghold of Hawija. Instead of the martyrdom they had boasted was their only acceptable fate, they had voluntarily ended up here in the interrogation center of the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq.

For an extremist group that has made its reputation on its ferociousness, with fighters who would always choose suicide over surrender, the fall of Hawija has been a notable turning point. The group has suffered a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria, but the number of its shock troops who turned themselves in at the center in Dibis was unusually large, more than 1,000 since last Sunday, according to Kurdish intelligence officials.

Both pieces are worth a full read. They are encouraging signs that the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria is drawing to a close.

President Trump has claimed that his administration is making considerable progress against ISIS, especially compared to the Obama administration.