ISIS Dealt Two More Major Defeats

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.

About Mark Kahanding (20 Articles)
Mark Kahanding was born in Los Angeles on July 25, 1996. Mark started getting involved with politics with Young America's Foundation in August of 2015 and has been an active member since. He is the founder chairman of Young Americans for Freedom at CSULA and after two years of growing CSULA YAF into 100+ members strong he has since stepped down. For his courageous and bold leadership, in just his first year with YAF, his chapter (CSULA Young Americans for Freedom) won the 2016 Chapter of the Year award. Mark has been interviewed by Brietbart, Alliance Defending Freedom and Young Americans for Freedom. He has also been on CSPAN He has been quoted on The Blaze, Daily Caller and College Fix. Mark has also been mentioned on USA Today, Daily Wire, Inside Higher Ed, Examiner, Breitbart and Red Alert Politics. Prior to his activism in the conservative movement, Mark was heavily involved in arts and wanted to become a Broadway performer. During his freshman year of high school he was part of an all male hip hop dance team. He can also play the piano, trombone and violin. Mark studied classical opera during his years in high school. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Disneyland and Disney Concert Hall. Mark has been in two musicals, Footloose and Phantom of the Opera.In his last year of high school at Herbert Hoover High School, he founded an all male choir and won 1st place at their first competition in Disneyland.

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