Trump announces defeat of ISIS in Syria

Trump has plans to pull U.S. troops from Syria despite recent attacks.

Trump has plans to pull U.S. troops from Syria despite recent attacks.

Skyler DiLoreto, Staff Writer

Recently President Trump has begun to suggest that ISIS has been defeated because of the fact that all of the territory they once controlled, excluding 1 percent, has been taken from them. The president has also announced plans to pull troops from Syria; however, this has caused both confusion and concern in many people.

The group has been declared to be defeated previously and since then the group has only grown stronger and more widespread. Additionally, ISIS still remains a prevalent threat; last week an attack by a suicide bomber in Syria killed 15 people. As the group has continued to lose more and more of their territory, they have begun to use more and more guerilla warfare tactics such as assassinations, raids, bombings and ambushes.

When ISIS had previously been considered to be defeated, a decade ago, they had been estimated to be down to their last 700 fighters and in a 90-day period 34 of the top 42 leaders of the group had been arrested or killed by U.S. forces. In 2011 American troops withdrew from Iraq, yet, by 2015 ISIS had already rebuilt themselves to be more powerful than before. Estimates have shown that as of right now more than 20 to 30 times the number of fighters estimated to exist last time American troops withdrew still exist. Additionally the group’s caliph,the chief Muslim civil and religious ruler, regarded as the successor of Muhammad, is still believed to be alive along with some of his top officials.

However, the group’s number of new members is believed to have decreased and attacks in critical locations such as Iraq have been shown to have decreased even if the group does still remain a dangerous threat there. The group does still remain a global threat, however, as last month five people were killed by a gunman in France.