Saturday Was A Learning Day For ISIS: Trump and Mattis Were the Teachers
In his first full day on the job General James Mattis introduced himself to ISIS in a very hostile, unfriendly manner, far different from the courteous leaflet dropping in advance of a strike or returning with armaments not deployed policies of Obama and Ashton Carter. The new Trump administration has said throughout the campaign that a major offensive to eradicate the terrorist group would be among their first acts as president. Now that President Trump his man is in place at DoD, the eradication is underway.
The Department of Defense reported the activity on their website, breaking it down into two areas, strikes in Syria and Iraq. They note the damage assessments are based upon initial reports. In Syria, they reported:
Attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 25 strikes consisting of 39 engagements in Syria:
–Near Bab, two strikes engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit, destroyed an artillery piece and damaged a tactical vehicle.
— Near Raqqa, 22 strikes engaged 12 ISIL (ISIS) tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, two tunnels, two tanks an improvised-bomb factory and an ISIL (ISIS) headquarters; and suppressed three ISIL (ISIS) tactical units.
— Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed two oil well heads.
Strikes in Iraq:
Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes consisting of 16 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
— Near Rutbah, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle, two weapons caches and a mortar.
— Near Beiji, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.
— Near Kisik, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle and an ISIL-held building.
— Near Mosul, two strikes engaged two ISIL (ISIS) tactical units; destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb factory, a vehicle-borne bomb, a tank, three fighting positions and a vehicle; and suppressed an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit.
— Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIL (ISIS) tactical unit and destroyed a semi-truck and a command-and-control node.
They explained the terminology used, something that will be quite useful for Americans who will be following the new real war on Islamic terrorism. DoD provided the following definitions:
Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL (ISIS) vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL (ISIS) to use.
Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counter fire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve
The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL (ISIS) terrorist group and the threat it poses to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of targets in Syria and Iraq further limits ISIL’s (ISIS) ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.
Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
While Hussein Obama used the excuse of collateral civilian damage to avoid striking his terrorist allies, the war now appears to be on for real; no more pretending. We all know how Obama dwelled on the laughable recruitment argument as a pretext for closing Gitmo and returning terrorists to the battlefield.
In just one day of real engagement, recruitment just became a major problem for ISIS. They’re not getting away with murder any longer and once their current supply of terrorists has been killed, maimed or runs off, they’re going to have real trouble finding replacements; Gitmo or no Gitmo.
It’s a great thing to have good, competent, winning-minded, America First, adult leadership again.
~And to think this was Saturday – one day after Trump’s inauguration. Imagine what will happen one week from now….?
Just one day after polls which gave Geert Wilders’s insurgent populist party a nine-point lead on the ruling conservatives, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has drifted again politically closer to the rival he last week ruled out a coalition with.
Borrowing heavily from rhetoric commonly employed by Mr. Wilders, Prime Minister Rutte took out a full page advert and spoke in an interview with Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad to tell migrants they should integrate or leave, and to issue a call for a return to “common decency”. He wrote:
“I tell everyone. If you don’t like it here in this country, get out, get out! That’s the choice you have. If you live in a country where the ways of dealing with others annoys you, you have a choice, go away. You do not need to be here.”
Pointing out particular “anti-social behaviour[s]” that offended, Mr. Rutte pointed to those who behave badly on public transport and in the streets, and those people who “misuse our freedoms to spoil everything, when they have come to our country for freedom”. He also condemned those who “don’t want to adapt… who attack gay people, shout at women in short skirts, or call ordinary Dutch people racist”.
The Dutch prime minister was also on a campaign against lower-order antisocial behaviour and recalled a time where he called out a man with his son on the street because they threw some rubbish onto the pavement rather than into the bin.
Mr. Rutte said these problems had been coming for a long time, but were being exacerbated by immigration. He said: “It is an insidious process that has been underway in our society for years.
“There have always been people who exhibited deviant behaviour. But something has come to pass in the last year where we as a society should have an answer. With the arrival of large groups of refugees, the question arises: will the Netherlands still be the Netherlands?”
Although he did not mention Mr. Wilders in the paper, the remarks have been interpreted as an attempt to win back voters from the populist right. Mr. Wilders responded to the advert on Monday, reminding voters that despite his words, Mr. Rutte has presided over “open borders, the asylum tsunami, mass immigration, Islamisation, lies and deception” in his years in government.
Despite his freshly critical attitude towards the social habits of new migrant arrivals, Mr. Rutte last week totally ruled out the possibility of going into coalition with Freedom Party leader Mr. Wilders, the Netherlands’ most strident anti-mass-migration campaigner. Mr. Wilders’s party has more than doubled from 15 points since the last election and, if present polls are borne out, will lead the largest party in March.
Characterised by a large number of special interest parties rather than two or three major parties as seen in countries like the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, the Netherlands has never had a majority government since the end of the Great War in 1918.
If Mr. Rutte follows through with his “zero” chance comments, it could scupper not just Mr. Wilders’s chances of getting into government but also his own, and pave the way for a minority administration of left-wing and centrist parties capable of outvoting a significantly diminished conservative party which scraped through by just three percentage points in 2012.
The newspaper advert taken out by the prime minister comes just days after a major speech by Mr. Wilders at a European populist conference in Germany, where he said his allies were working to “make Europe great again” and predicted electoral victories for both himself and French counterpart Marine le Pen.
In a speech that repeatedly questioned how Europeans could shape a continent fit to pass down to their descendants, Mr. Wilders said: “How do we protect our values? How do we protect our civilisation? Our culture? The future for our children? These are the fundamental questions we have to answer. In recent years, our governments have brought in millions, without controls, into our countries.”
Hungary’s Orban Praises Trump’s ‘End of Multilateralism’
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister says U.S. President Donald Trump’s position that all countries have the right to put their own interests first was the key phrase of his inaugural address.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban is interpreting Trump’s statement as “the end of multilateralism” and as permission for Hungary to also put itself in first place.
Orban was an early supporter of Trump and had praised his immigration policies.
Orban said this new alliance could give Europe greater self-confidence and the ability to negotiate with all parties, including Russia.
Angela Merkel’s party continues to fall from favour with German voters, according the the latest poll for Bild on Sunday.
Polling organisation Emnid’s figures show that the percentage of people intending to vote for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), has taken a tumble for the second week in a row — slipping from 37 per cent last week to 36 per cent.
Voting intentions for populist, anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) remain unchanged from the previous week at 21 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively.
On the extreme left of the spectrum, the Left party has gained a point in the polls since last week, bringing its support to 11 per cent while the Green party, down a point, are polling at nine per cent. Support for the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) stands at six per cent while support for other parties rose from four per cent to five this week.
Speaking at a party conference earlier this month Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term as chancellor in elections to be held later this year, urged voters to stand up for liberal values, telling the audience that they should be grateful to have free speech.
The results of the latest Emnid survey, in which a representative sample of 2,805 Germans were asked which party they would vote for if the Bundestag elections were held next Sunday, are the first figures released since Donald Trump told the Times that the embattled German head of state’s decision to welcome migrants was “catastrophic”,
Support for Merkel’s centre-right CDU has taken a hit since the chancellor’s decision to open the borders resulted in an influx of nearly two million migrants having arrived in Germany since 2015.
Since Donald Trump’s election victory in November, several media outlets have hailed Merkel as a beacon of the liberal west, proudly standing for globalism and neoliberalism in the face of a rising tide of populism.