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jimnyc
09-02-2017, 08:30 PM
They need to continue, full force and directly ahead. It would appear this enemy has little fear and are like cockroaches that will just keep reproducing and moving forward until you cut its head off.

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ISIS Is on Its Heels, but Fighting to the Death

ABOARD THE U.S.S. NIMITZ, in the Persian Gulf — A few days ago, Capt. Mike Spencer of the Marines rocketed off the flight deck of an aircraft carrier in his F-18 to provide air support for Iraqi troops advancing on the dusty city of Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State’s last strongholds.

A busy six hours followed in the skies over Iraq. As Islamic State fighters fired on Iraqi forces from a building, Captain Spencer dropped precision-guided munitions on them, destroying the structure and presumably killing the men inside. A short while later, he was ordered to take out another Islamic State fighting position nearby. He did so, and then eliminated another.

When he ran out of bombs, Captain Spencer headed back to the Nimitz.

The Risk board that is the map of Iraq may show almost certain defeat for the Islamic State as its territory continues to shrink, but American officials say the pace of the fight is not slowing. The aircraft carrier Nimitz, where Captain Spencer commands a Marine squadron, is launching as many sorties and strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria as other American aircraft carriers were doing three years ago, after President Barack Obama opened the bombing campaign.

The militants have lost a long list of cities and towns in Iraq — Baquba, Abu Ghraib, Falluja, Ramadi, Tikrit, Mosul and, now, Tal Afar, which the Iraqi prime minister declared liberated on Thursday — and are under attack from all sides in a desperate fight over Raqqa, their self-proclaimed capital in Syria. But one would never know it from the way the extremists have continued to fight, American soldiers and Marines say.

“We definitely have the offensive,” Captain Spencer said. But, he added, “they have resigned themselves that they’re going to fight to the bitter end, and they are going to take as many of us with them as possible.”

From Raqqa to Mosul to Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan, the presumed victors in the war against the Islamic State paint a picture of an insurgency that has not yet seemed to realize that it is on its heels. The Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, on Thursday cast the fight in stark terms. “Wherever you are, we are coming for liberation, and you have no option but to surrender or die,” he said.

While small numbers of fighters are surrendering, with some fleeing to Turkey, many more are dying. Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the American commander of the war effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said that the final days of combat this summer in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, resembled the worst fighting he had witnessed “in 35 years.”

“They’re fighting like a conventional army fights,” said Maj. Jarrod A. Devore, another Marine fighter pilot stationed on the Nimitz.

Rest here - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/02/world/middleeast/isis-iraq-fight.html

Black Diamond
09-02-2017, 08:32 PM
Sounds like the Japs.

Gunny
09-02-2017, 09:49 PM
Note all the MSM non-coverage. Must be something Trump is doing right. They'd rather pick on what he wears to a flood.