War on ISIS Partially or fully unrealized policy
″[ISIS is] a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women and children of all faiths and beliefs.”
— President Trump, May 23, 2017
Trump said repeatedly during his campaign that he would replace the Obama administration’s strategy against the Islamic State, primarily in Syria and Iraq, with a far tougher policy that would quickly destroy the militants. So far, although he has expanded military authorities and added some additional Special Operations forces aiding U.S. proxies in Syria, Trump’s strategy is largely identical to that of his predecessor.
Iraqi security forces, with U.S. assistance on the ground and in the air, are on the verge of taking back the Iraqi city of Mosul in an offensive that began under Obama. A similar offensive in Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, began this spring along the lines of plans drawn up by the Pentagon during the previous administration. U.S. and coalition airstrikes in the crowded urban environments of the two cities have led to an increasing number of civilian casualties, leaving the Pentagon struggling to explain a sudden surge in the death toll.
October 20 | A U.S.-backed force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces declares ISIS forces vanquished from the Islamic State’s onetime Syria capital of Raqqa, effectively declaring an end to the military operation there. >
October 16 | Iraqi forces take control of Kirkuk, a city that had been under Kurdish security control before Islamic State’s rise. >
October 5 | Iraqi forces have reclaimed the town of Hawijah from the Islamic State. >
September 9 | U.S.-backed forces in Syria announce “Operation Jazeera Storm,” a new offensive to clear ISIS militants from the group’s most important remaining stronghold. >
August 31 | Iraq’s prime minister says Tal Afar has been “fully liberated.” >
August 30 | U.S.-led airstrikes block ISIS fighters traveling on a bus a convoy of hundreds of Islamic State fighters trying to escape to eastern Syria. The deal was negotiated by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement. >
August 20 | Iraqi’s prime minister says the operation to retake the northern town of Tal Afar from ISIS has begun.
July 11 | Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declares the nine-month battle for the city of Mosul officially over. >
June 6 | U.S.-backed forces begin the “long and difficult” battle to capture the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist group said Tuesday. >
April 13 | The U.S. military drops a 22,000-pound bomb on an Islamic State hideout in eastern Afghanistan. The bomb is one of the largest munitions in the U.S. military’s inventory. >
April 11 | A U.S. drone strike in Syria kills at least 18 allied members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). It is the worst friendly-fire incident of the war against ISIS. >
April 10 | The Pentagon struggles to respond as to why more civilians are dying in the campaign against ISIS. Some point to the fact that the fight has intensified; others say it’s Trump’s new strategy. >
March 22 | Secretary of State Tillerson hosts a summit of 68 nations in Washington to discuss anti-ISIS strategy. >
March 8 | Additional U.S. forces deploy to Syria to support the fight against the Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa. >
February 28 | In his address to Congress, Trump says he has directed the Pentagon to “demolish and destroy” the Islamic State. >
February 20 | Mattis makes his first trip to Iraq as the defense secretary to determine what is needed in the campaign against the Islamic State. Mattis rejects Trump’s suggestion that the United States is after Iraq’s oil. >
January 28 | Trump orders the Pentagon to deliver a plan within 30 days on how to defeat the Islamic State. >
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Source : https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/trump-shifting-alliances/