FPM: On June 29, 2014, the group that had up to that point called itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Shams in Arabic (hence the synonymous acronyms ISIL and ISIS) announced that it was forming a new caliphate – the single unified government of all the Muslims, according to Sunni Muslim thought — and would henceforth drop the second half of its name and call itself simply the Islamic State.
This claim to constitute a new caliphate became the basis of its appeal to Muslims worldwide, who have traveled in unprecedented numbers to Iraq, Syria and Libya to join it. Once it declared itself the new caliphate, the Islamic State swiftly began to consolidate its control over the large expanses of Iraq and Syria that it controlled – in its heyday, an area larger than the United Kingdom, with a population of eight million people. Blithely disregarding the world’s universal condemnation of its pretensions, it moved to assemble the accouterments of a state: currency, passports and the like. Its control of oil wells in Iraq quickly gave it a steady and sizeable source of wealth. It organized a police force, amassed an army of over 100,000 fighters, and became the world’s richest (and best-armed) jihad terror group.
The inability or unwillingness of the world to crush this rogue state in 2014, 2015 and 2016 supported its claim to be the caliphate. more …
Opinion: October 13, 2017, New Yorker Magazine: The Pentagon began citing the number of enemy (ISIS) dead as an important barometer of longer-term success. “We have killed, in conservative estimates, sixty thousand to seventy thousand,” General Raymond Thomas, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, told the Aspen Security Forum, in July. “They declared an army, they put it on the battlefield, and we went to war.”
The report said the between 2014-16 thirty-eight of forty-two terror attacks had some connection to ISIS and yesterday’s failed attack in New York makes it 39.
But the figures failed to show that in 2017 alone there have been 1934 Islamic attacks in 59 countries, in which 15,055 people were killed and 13,763 injured (here).
With 60-70,000 ISIS fighters killed and 30-40,000 still on the loose, it is impossible to know how many of the 2017 attacks were ISIS related and as the writer of the FPM article, Robert Spencer said:
Convinced and battle-trained Islamic State jihadis will continue to commit jihad mass murder in the Western countries to which they have returned, and which have foolishly let them back in. But its claim upon the world’s Muslims has been decisively repudiated by the victory of the Iraqi army. The caliphate dream is over. For now.
The recent success that President Trump had in one year against ISIS makes it clear that between 2014-16 Barack Obama and the progressive left governments of the EU had no intention of stopping the mayhem.
Reports of US soldiers being restrained from using force because of civilian causalities due to fear of court-martial are well known. Perhaps the leftists felt that the world deserved to be attacked because in one year after Trump’s presidential win, ISIS has been sent back to the Sinai, where Amalek began his reign of terror.
What we have is an ancient hatred over one tiny piece of land over which all the armies of the world will one day gather Luke 21:20.