Is ISIS Finished? What Are the Next Steps in the War Against the Jihadists?
Is ISIS finished? It seems that the Islamic State is virtually wiped out in Syria and Iraq. The terror state that revels in beheadings and burning people alive has at last been driven into a few hiding places in the desert between those two countries. More good news: Just last week the U.S. announced that five major leaders of ISIS were captured and are currently being held in Iraq.
The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still on the run and trying to elude his captors. The actual government and standing army of this particular jihadist group known as ISIS may be finished (for now), but don't relax and pop the champagne in celebration. ISIS has actually redeployed to several other nations, and similar jihadist organizations (such as Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda) continue the fight to impose sharia on the whole world.
Consider the following theaters of war:
1. The Philippines.
Many ISIS terrorists deployed to the Philippines, where they captured several cities in the predominantly Muslim island of Mindanao. Fortunately, President Duterte sent in the Philippine military to liberate Marawi and other cities terrorized by the jihadists. The Philippine army was largely successful, but the jihadists have not been completely ejected from Mindanao.
2. Sub-Saharan Africa.
The French have deployed a force of 4,000 troops (infantry, armor, and air power) to attack ISIS in sub-Saharan Africa (Chad, Niger, Mali). Some speculate that ISIS has up to 10,000 troops there. U.S. special operations forces have been operating for some time with the French, and sadly four of our Green Berets were killed in an ambush by ISIS back in October of 2017.
There are continued random attacks in Europe and the U.S. Just last week a man shouting "Allahu Akhbar" killed one and wounded four others in Paris.
In the U.S., a jihadist ran people over with a truck in New York City last October.
Here is a "slideshow" of the more famous attacks in Europe since 2015.
The Islamic colonies of refugees and immigrants throughout the western world are undoubtedly the breeding grounds for such acts of jihadist terrorism. Acts of terrorism are not committed because jihadists are poor or because they are disadvantaged little waifs who are oppressed by the evil West. It is because they are consistently following their interpretation of the Quran and know what their objective is: subjugation of the non-Islamic world.
4. Jihadist infiltration.
Infiltration by jihadist organizations, using the freedoms of the West, continues unabated. FOX 9 of Minneapolis reports on at least $100 million in cash being sent out from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport to individuals and organizations in Somalia and other Middle Eastern nations. Refugees and other immigrants sign up for welfare (like daycare), and collect the money, but never send their kids to the daycare centers. Instead, they send the cash overseas. The money may be going to help relatives in impoverished areas, but as the report details, jihadist-terrorist organizations (like Al-Shabaab) always take their cut.