ISIS Infestation Taken Out by US and Iraqi Forces

 In Foreign, Military

An ISIS Infestation on a small island in Iraq was taken out by US bombs and Iraqi security forces, according to OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins.

The ISIS infestation was on Qanus Island, which is a small strip of land in the middle of the Tigris River that ISIS has been using as a “major transit hub” between Iraq and Syria. (Fox) It is located in Salah ad Din Province. Air strikes dropped 80,000 pounds of laser-guided bombs on the island in an effort to help snuff out the terror group’s ability to destabilize Iraq.

Intelligence analysts at the Institute for the Study of War stated in July of this year that ISIS is building its abilities in Iraq and Syria. The ISIS infestation on Qanus Island was likely only a small part of the plan. Keep in mind that ISIS is using tunnels, and any means by which it can evade the coalition partners attempting to eradicate it.

They also still use the standard intimidation techniques, jizya taxes, and other methods that are proven to work. Lately they’ve been using cattle as bovine bombs in the newest methodology at play.

ISIS’s insurgency will grow because areas it has lost in Iraq and Syria are still neither stable nor secure. In Iraq, ISIS has systematically eliminated village leaders and civilians who cooperated with anti-ISIS forces. Its goal is to weaken resistance and to fuel the population’s distrust of the Government of Iraq. It has re-imposed taxes on local populations in its historical support zones, displacing civilians and de facto controlling small pockets of terrain in Iraq. In Syria, ISIS is waging a three-front insurgency against the U.S.-backed SDF, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Its campaign degrades governance structures and halts reconstruction efforts, contributing to the perpetuation of state failure and violence in the Syrian Civil War…

… ISIS’s next breakout success could be even more devastating than its 2014 campaign. Its external provinces outside Iraq and Syria are contributing resources to its insurgency in those countries while giving the organization renewed global momentum.

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Stomping out this terrorist group is not easy, apparently.

Featured photo: screenshot via Operation Inherent Resolve video.

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