President Trump told the American people Wednesday that the final ISIS stronghold will be “gone by tonight,” showing reporters a map of territory held by the Islamic State from his Election Day to the present.
“This is a map. Everything in the red, on Election Night in 2016, everything red is ISIS. When I took it over it was a mess. On the bottom, that’s the exact same thing, there is no red. Only a tiny spot which will be gone by tonight,” said the Commander-in-Chief.
‘BY TONIGHT’: An hour after an intelligence briefing, Trump spoke outside the White House, declaring ISIS would "be gone by tonight"; defense officials tell ABC the official declaration of victory will come from America's Kurdish and Syrian partner forces. https://t.co/O5Xdjc2zw1 pic.twitter.com/Om9mYfGRxm
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) March 20, 2019
“That’s ISIS right there. This is ISIS on my Election Day, and this is ISIS now. So that’s the way it goes,” he added.
ANARCHY IN THE UK: Vicious Hate Preacher Released from UK Prison
Anti-western and pro-ISIS Islamic cleric Anjem Choudary was released from a United Kingdom jail this week; serving half his prison sentence for urging Islamic State fighters to wage holy war on the UK.
“He was seen this morning leaving prison in a car with blacked out windows, escorted by two police vehicles,” writes the Sun. “Later, he was seen leaving the hostel flanked by cops. When asked questions about his release, he smiles but remained silent however.”
The hate preacher was released after “reaching the halfway point” of his five-year sentence.
His fiery sermons and vicious anti-western propaganda partially inspired at least two attacks in London: a vehicular assault on a major bridge and the killing of soldier Lee Rigby.
“I think it is disgusting that he is here and freed so early given what he is responsible for,” said one local. “It is repugnant to think that this man who inspired terrorists is now living here.”
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BRINK OF WAR: Israel DESTROYS Iranian Forces in Syria After Rocket Attack
The Israeli Defense Forces launched an “unprecedented” counterstrike following an Iranian missile attack on the Golan Heights Thursday, destroying “nearly all” of the Islamic Republic’s military infrastructure throughout Syria.
Israeli officials confirmed they deployed fighter jets and used missiles to hit a wide range of targets across Syria, including military compounds, intelligence operations, warehouses, and other Iranian sites.
“The IDF will not allow the Iranian threat to establish itself in Syria. The Syrian regime will be held accountable for everything happening in its territory,” the press release read. “The IDF is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”
The Israeli Air Force destroyed "nearly all" of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria, according to Israel's defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman https://t.co/eG1ucSwYKY
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 10, 2018
The fierce attack came just moments after Syrian-based Iranian forces fired roughly 20 rockets into northern Israel.
The United States slammed the Iranian missile strike Thursday, adding the US “strongly supports” Israel’s efforts to defend itself.
“The United States condemns the Iranian regime’s provocative rocket attack from Syria against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel’s right to act in self-defense,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “The Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East.”