This week’s updates on the war on terror and NATO:
Progress in the War on Terror
The Defense Dept. announced late last week that the head of ISIS in Afghanistan. Abu Sayed, head of the organization in Afghanistan, was killed by a drone strike this week in another series of high profile defeats for ISIS since the beginning of the year. In 2017, this is the third high ranking leader that has been killed in Afghanistan.
As well, the Iraqi government announced that it had retaken the city of Mosul from ISIS giving a major setback to the radical Muslim group. Mosul is the biggest city held by ISIS, and taking Mosul was announced at the same time that Iraqi forces are battling for Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the ISIS ‘caliphate’.
Pentagon Changes Obama’s Mandate on What to Call Terrorist Organization
On a related note, earlier this year the Pentagon also did away with the order from the Obama Administration that the radical Muslim group be referred to as ‘ISIL’ and now refers to the group primarily as ‘ISIS’ as is done most widely around the world. Pretty much alone in using that term, the Obama Administration required every part of the Executive Branch to refer to the group as ‘ISIL’.
Why is that significant? Well, it’s much more than many realize. ISIL was short for the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” instead of ISIS which was the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”. So why did Obama demand that everyone use the term ‘ISIL’? Because the Levant (the ‘L’ in ISIL) was what that area of the world was called before Israel became a nation. President Obama was showing his anti-Jewish bias by forcing a reference back to a time before Israel was a nation. So much so that the liberal President ordered literally the words that his staff could use.
One can only guess why no one called it what it was before now—evidence of President Obama’s anti-Jewish prejudices.
Defense Spending by NATO Allies
For all of President Trump’s (many) faults, and his often less than civil and diplomatic ways, his ranting against NATO allies and their low defense spending seems to have had at least some effect. NATO countries have increased defense spending by a combined $22 billion this year.