The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has suffered two crushing defeats in the last few days, further crippling the terrorist organization’s influence in the region and across the globe.
On Tuesday morning, U.S.-backed militias liberated the former ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria, which had been held as a stronghold for ISIS since 2014. Raqqa was the first major city ISIS captured in 2014. Their control of the city posed an international threat and was used as their base of operations to stage terrorist attacks from across the globe.
Fighting ensued over Monday and Tuesday until there were no more ISIS soldiers in either Raqqa’s National Hospital or the city’s stadium, which was the last major position that the Islamic State controlled in the area. After the two strongholds fell, the city was finally declared free from ISIS control.
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had been fighting ISIS in Raqqa since June. The SDF, a milita alliance between the Kurds and Arabs, retook the hospital overnight and also took the stadium as well, where burnt weapons and documents were found amongst the rubble. Reports later indicated that local ISIS forces abandoned their posts on Sunday night, only leaving a mere handful of foreign jihadists to make a last stand.
Meanwhile in the Philippines, two major ISIS-affiliated leaders have been confirmed killed in Marawi, freeing the city of Islamic terrorists. Marawi, a city located in the southern part of the Philippines, has been the scene of brutal battles between Filipino forces and ISIS fighters for five months. The fighting forced over 350,000 residents to evacuate the city, and over 1,700 hostages were taken during the conflict.
ISIS has been routinely losing key territories throughout the year, being pushed back against the desert with no where to go. With the two ISIS strongholds liberated from the barbaric Islamic State and two key leaders dead, it is appearing to be only a matter of time before ISIS meets its ultimate demise.