MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLER
The defeat of ISIS was announced by the US on March 22 and by the SDF on March 23.
Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and %100 territorial defeat of ISIS. On this unique day, we commemorate thousands of martyrs whose efforts made the victory possible. #SDFDefeatedISIS
— Mustafa Bali (@mustefabali) March 23, 2019
The following is a roundup of reactions:
Maj. Gen Ghika: “The end of the so-called physical caliphate does not signal the end of the campaign, the Coalition remains committed to the enduring defeat of Daesh and building the capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces.”
— Mutlu Civiroglu (@mutludc) March 23, 2019
— The Global Coalition (@coalition) March 23, 2019
“The end of the so called physical caliphate is a historic military accomplishment that brought together the largest Coalition in history, but the fight against Daesh and violent extremism is far from over.” – LG Paul LaCamera, CJTF-OIR commanding general https://t.co/1njsyDBUQt
— Inherent Resolve (@CJTFOIR) March 23, 2019
Baghouz, the last stronghold of ISIS, has fallen.
Great job by the American military and our SDF allies.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 23, 2019
“Despite this success, ISIS continues to pose a serious threat. The mission of the @coalition has not yet been accomplished, because the inhuman ideology of ISIS has not been fully vanquished. We must continue to take a firm stand against hatred and terrorism.”
— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) March 23, 2019
“I rushed to Syria on Jan. 28, thinking the last village under ISIS rule was about to fall. I stayed there for 3 weeks, waiting for a place the size of Central Park to be liberated. It took 2 months. Finally today, the SDF announced they had retaken Baghuz:”
I rushed to Syria on Jan. 28, thinking the last village under ISIS rule was about to fall. I stayed there for 3 weeks, waiting for a place the size of Central Park to be liberated. It took 2 months. Finally today, the SDF announced they had retaken Baghuz: https://t.co/GyV92PMcVu
— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) March 23, 2019
The Syrian Democratic Forces have announced that the last bastion of Isis has fallen. I pay tribute to our partners and to the armies of the international coalition, of which France is a member. They fought the terrorists with determination, for our security. https://t.co/2GjO30khjC
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) March 23, 2019
“On a day like this, it’s necessary to remember those who fought ISIS & paid the ultimate price. Here a powerful pic (don’t know who took it) of The Martyrs’ Cemetery in Kobani.”
On a day like this, it’s necessary to remember those who fought ISIS & paid the ultimate price.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) March 23, 2019
The astounding victory for the #SDF over #ISIS proves that they are the key force to fight terror. The victory came at a high sacrifice by the brave women and men of SDF. The international community should include them as a key part of any future arrangement for #Syria. #Rojava pic.twitter.com/JRQZKg2quF
— Dr. Mahmoud Othman (@Drmahmoudothman) March 23, 2019
“Victory came at a high cost for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). They suggest here they lost 11,000 fighters and more than 21,000 were injured in the battle against ISIS”
Victory came at a high cost for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). They suggest here they lost 11,000 fighters and more than 21,000 were injured in the battle against ISIS pic.twitter.com/IYbqRnaao2
— Josie Ensor (@Josiensor) March 23, 2019
Faisal Abu Laila … Adnan Abu Amjad and all our righteous martyrs … Let your soul rest in peace. Your comrades will continue the march and the duty pic.twitter.com/Z8AbQpiQeP
— Shervan Derwish (@shervanderwish) March 23, 2019
Our love and respect to the SDF for their historic role. Today they replaced ISIS black evil with a wonderful Kurdish Music!! https://t.co/icvSpukKv2
— Murad Ismael (@murad_ismael) March 23, 2019
Some details from the ceremony.
Brett McGurk: “Congratulations to the #SDF for this remarkable & historic achievement. This diverse force of Arabs, Kurds, and Christians did the hard fighting & suffered thousands of casualties over four difficult years, pursuing #ISIS town-to-town, block-by-block.”
The battle took 1,737 days – four times longer than liberation of western Europe from Nazis. It took 100,000 bombs, two national armies, bands of militias, might of the US, UK and French air forces and coalition of 70 countries to defeat the jihadists https://t.co/4svx9MpBVz
— Josie Ensor (@Josiensor) March 23, 2019
Josie Ensor: “The battle took 1,737 days – four times longer than liberation of western Europe from Nazis. It took 100,000 bombs, two national armies, bands of militias, might of the US, UK and French air forces and coalition of 70 countries to defeat the jihadists”
Hassan Hassan: “Syria owes a *great* deal of gratitude to the men & women of the Syrian Democratic Forces. The SDF should be seen as work in progress, a decentralization & democratic project that needs to succeed.”
Many won’t like it but I’ll say it:
Syria owes a *great* deal of gratitude to the men & women of the Syrian Democratic Forces. The SDF should be seen as work in progress, a decentralization & democratic project that needs to succeed. pic.twitter.com/Vfae0MbkGR
— Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) March 23, 2019
Yazidi account on Twitter: “Lets congratulate the brave women & men who destroyed the Islamic State. After 1000s of deaths of innocent civilians & 1000s of Yazidi women & girls who were kidnapped & still missing. ISIS, finally, has been defeated militarily in #Syria, but not completely in terms or ideology.”
Jonathan Schanzer of FDD
Islamic State is no longer a state. Yet the problem persists. There will be another incarnation. And another. It doesn’t matter what the next group calls itself, or where it is based. Like it or not, the ideology of jihadism lives. And we haven’t figured out how to defeat it.
— Jonathan Schanzer (@JSchanzer) March 23, 2019
The territory ISIS once held in Iraq and Syria has been liberated. We congratulate the US military, SDF, and the @coalition on this incredible achievement. There is much work left to do to ensure the threat from radical Islamic terrorism is fully and finally defeated. #DefeatISIS
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 23, 2019
Hassoun Mazen: “ISIS has remained inside my head. For years, I have had a recurring nightmare: I am back in Raqqa, with the group hunting the city to find me. For me, the end of ISIS is the end of my nightmares.”
Donald Trump Jr.
ISIS defeated! A really big deal. This is what happens when you let the guys in the field do what is needed to win rather than let Obama’s lawyer bureaucrats in DC call the shots. We’ve now understand full well how incompetent those bureaucrats really were on many levels. https://t.co/NdWPc5bHq4
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 23, 2019
Charlie Kirk wonders what would have been had Obama still been in charge.
Isis is Isisn’t now
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) March 24, 2019
The #SDF and the @coalition have achieved something great together, a third of Syria has been liberated of #ISIS oppression and now Kurds, Arabs, Turkmens, Assyrians, Christian and Muslim are living together in peace after uniting to defend their homeland against terrorism #Syria https://t.co/vYfIxt9ooY
— International Volunteers Report (@VolunteerReport) March 23, 2019
Asra Nomani “As a Muslim feminist , this brings joy to my : the fall of the Islamic State. Let us remember too many who lost their lives & innocence fighting ISIS. Now let us end the ideology of Muslim supremacy & Islamist extremism. May peace, secular gov of”
Liz Sly: “I wish I could say this is the last time we will ever write about ISIS. But it’s a huge moment, to be relished by its victims & by those who fought bravely to defeat it. Our take on the demise of the caliphate,”
Louisa Loveluck: “An announcement that the Islamic State’s caliphate has finally been defeated would be hugely significant. But the battle against the group isn’t over by a long way.”
— Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) March 23, 2019
William Roebuck: “We will continue to support our allies to ensure the region and the defeat of the threat of ISIS”. William Roebuck, senior US diplomat
Turkish Presidency: “The era of ambivalent attitude toward terrorist organizations must come to an end”
John Bolton: “Not long ago, ISIS controlled a vast amount of territory in the Middle East—we have now defeated its “caliphate.” The U.S. will continue to closely monitor the remnants of ISIS and continue to work alongside our Coalition partners to prevent any resurgence.”
Theresa May: “The liberation of the last Daesh-held territory wouldn’t have been possible without the immense courage of UK military and our allies. We will continue to do what is necessary to protect the British people, our Allies and partners from the threat Daesh poses.”
Michael Weiss: “Has ISIS been defeated? Nope. Losing territory doesn’t mean it’s still not a lethal and well-equipped terrorist insurgency. It’s mounted a serious comeback in Iraq already:”
Richard Hall “Does this mean Isis is defeated once and for all? Absolutely not. Dummy’s guide to the end of the caliphate here:”
Dilar Dirik “Baghouz. The grandchildren of Kawa the Blacksmith defeated ISIS and lit the ancient fire of Newroz on top of the mountains and hills in the country. “The tyranny is over!”, the women and men chant as they join the line dances of liberation. Newroz pîroz be!”
Wladimir Van Wilgenburg
Now that ISIS is militarily defeated in Baghouz, the SDF says the next phase will start: the battle against sleeper cells.
— Wladimir (@vvanwilgenburg) March 23, 2019
Nervana Mahmoud; “Yes, I know that #ISIS as a group is far from defeated, but as state it is. Let’s share the bitter sweet taste of victory with those brave fighters.”
Lawk Ghafuri “Now after #ISIS is officially defeated in #Iraq & #Syria we need to raise our voices & fight to bring those ISIS members who are responsible of displacing, executing, murdering & sexually abusing civilians to face justice & punish them hard. It is time to confront them in courts.”
Quentin Sommerville “At least 6,000 Kurds and 2,000 Arab fighters died fighting IS in Syria. A momentous and hard fought victory that follows the group’s territorial defeat in Iraq at the end of 2017. The Islamic State group is still a threat. Beyond what remained of their caliphate, the fight against the group continues.”
— jane arraf (@janearraf) March 23, 2019
Tragically a driver with an NBC team was killed by an IED.
Mahmour Sheikh Ibrahim: “Isis geography has done and also officially but a lot of work still need to be done”
Diliman Abdulkader: “Congratulations to the SDF for defeating the Caliphate. 11,000 fighters lost their lives. 21,000 fighters injured.”
Seth J. Frantzman: “Thread: I’d like to be tweeting more about the defeat of ISIS after four years intensely covering this war; but I feel a bit of need to collect my thoughts. I want to understand what we’ve been though and what comes next. And to pause for all the victims.”
Thread: I’d like to be tweeting more about the defeat of ISIS after four years intensely covering this war; but I feel a bit of need to collect my thoughts. I want to understand what we’ve been though and what comes next. And to pause for all the victims. #AfterISIS
— Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) March 23, 2019
Lindsey Hilsum: “The wreckage of human souls: Our @Channel4News report on the end of the Caliphate.”