It’s been pretty unusual watching the liberal media completely ignore the fact that Trump’s ISIS strategy has been an absolute home run. Under Obama, ISIS was not only created but it grew and grew while Obama sat and laughed them off as the JV team. When Obama left office, ISIS had established a capital in the city of Raqqa, Syria and things were going pretty well for them. Sure we had made a few strides at the end of Obama’s term but Raqqa was still very much a stronghold.
Now, a year into Trump’s presidency, that’s not the case. In fact, the capital is gone.
From Daily Mail:
President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that the Syrian city of Raqqa has been liberated from ISIS fighters following a military campaign led by US-backed rebels.
‘I am pleased to announce that the Syrian Democratic Forces, our partners in the fight against ISIS in Syria, have successfully recaptured Raqqa,’ the President said in a statement.
‘Together, our forces have liberated the entire city from ISIS control,’ he added.
Not only is ISIS gone from Raqqa but they are pretty much gone from Iraq as well.
That means that the Christian genocide that has been going on for years is finally coming to an end and Christians are celebrating Christmas out in the open for the first time in a while.
In Baghdad Iraqi Christians are proudly displaying a 30-foot tall Christmas tree and passers by have been taking photos and selfies in front of it all weekend long.
Gotta love that!
From The Media Line:
Just one year ago Mosul was the seat of the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in Iraq.
With 1.8 million people under siege, December was a time when residents used old furniture and cut down trees to keep warm and to cook whatever paltry edibles could be scrounged up –including roadside weeds and stray cats.
Today, while Christians throughout the region enter the holiday generally apprehensive about their place in a turbulent Middle East, the diverse Armenian, Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac communities in northern Iraq have something special to celebrate.
Christmas trees have appeared in market places and Santa Claus has been sighted on the streets of Mosul.
That’s a huge deal. A Christmas Tree out in the open anywhere in Iraq or Syria is nothing to scoff at. We take that kind of thing for granted here but there are so many areas over in the Middle East where being a Christian simply isn’t acceptable. These people have been brutally tortured and murdered by Muslim extremists for so long and now it finally looks like they are getting some relief.
A businessman put a similar tree up last year in this spot and it’s unclear if he did it this time as well but it clearly wasn’t accompanied by the same amount of fanfare last year as this year.
From The Guardian:
Inside the newly renovated Church of Saint George in the Northern Iraqi town of Teleskof, Hayat Chamoun Daoud led children dressed as Santa Claus singing Jingle Bells in Aramaic.
Like every other resident of Teleskof, this was Daoud’s first Christmas back home in three years, since Islamic State militants overran her town and forcibly displaced its 12,000-strong Chaldean Christian community.
“It’s so special to be back in my church, the church where I got married, the church I raised my children in,” the school headmistress said, tears in her eyes.
Merry Christmas everyone.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]