Do you remember the days when former President Obama referred to ISIS as the “JV team,” and practically allowed the terrorist organization’s rise to the top as the most dangerous in the world?
Well, with recent developments under the Trump administration, it seems both those days and the terrorist organization’s rise are long, long gone.
The demise of the Islamic State began almost immediately after Trump took office, when he decided to take firm action after an ISIS attack that killed a U.S. Green Beret and authorized use of the first ever MOAB bomb, which destroyed an entire system of terrorist tunnels and killed close to 100 fighters. Not long after that, U.S. backed fighters retook the Iraqi city of Mosul, which forced ISIS fighters to retreat into Syria.
And now, according to the latest development, more than 1,000 Islamic State fighters who once claimed they would choose death over capitulation have…surrendered.
Per the New York Times:
The prisoners were taken to a waiting room in groups of four, and were told to stand facing the concrete wall, their noses almost touching it, their hands bound behind their backs.
More than a thousand Islamic State fighters passed through that room this past 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 to Kurdish officials at the center in Dibis was unusually large, more than 1,000 since last Sunday.
You see, this is what tends to happen when the U.S. steps up and sends a powerful message.
And on the heels of this development, it should also be noted that coalition forces are surrounding the ISIS capital of Raqqa. At the going rate, it may only a matter of time before ISIS folds there as well.