A new barbaric enemy to America and the civilized world reared its head on Sept. 11, 2001. Americans' eyes were opened to the modern horrors that radical Islamic terrorism was capable of.
Islamic terror has taken many forms, attacked many countries, and marched under many banners in the years since. As American soldiers fought against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in the decade after the attack, another even more radical and brutal terrorist group was forming.
In 2013, the Islamic State began a systematic, barbaric conquest of Syria and Iraq, gathering enormous swaths of land under its control. Its rule was marked by barbarism against any nonbeliever in Islam, including the decapitation of multiple Americans.
After years of struggle, coalition forces are winning the war against ISIS. According to recent IJR reporting:
After a series of humiliating, total defeats, the terror group that was once threatened to invade Baghdad is clinging by a fingernail to its last tiny scrap of territory inside the country of Iraq. The punishment has come compliments of American-backed Iraqi Security Forces' aggressive and relentless offensive against the Islamic State.
That offensive has been assisted by tactical American firepower in the air, which rains down hell upon the entrenched, isolated terror cells.
Commemorating the attack on the Pentagon on Monday, President Donald Trump mentioned ISIS all but in name. He issued this warning to the “savage killers” and “barbaric forces of evil and destruction”:
“In the years after Sept. 11, more than 5 million young men and women have joined the ranks of our great military to defend our country against barbaric forces of evil and destruction.”
“American forces are relentlessly pursuing and destroying the enemies all civilized people ensuring, these are horrible, horrible enemies, enemies like we've never seen before. But we're ensuring that they never again have a safe haven to launch attacks against our country. We are making plain to these savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach. No sanctuary beyond our grasp, and nowhere to hide anywhere on this very large Earth.”
“Since 9/11, nearly 7,000 service members have given their lives fighting terrorists around the globe. Some of them rest just beyond this fence in this shrine to our nation's heroes on the grounds of Arlington national cemetery. They came from all backgrounds, all races and all faiths but they were all there to dedicate their lives, and they defend our one great American flag.”
ISIS should be very afraid.
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