The U.S Air Force sent a loud and clear message to the remnants of the Islamic State terrorist organization on Tuesday when aircraft dropped 40 tons of laser-guided bombs on an Iraqi island known as a remaining stronghold of the moribund former caliphate.
The dramatic airstrike took place a day before the 18th anniversary of 9/11, sending a message of the nation’s resiliency to any and all terrorists who would seek to repeat such a tragedy on American soil. The commander of Operation Inherent Resolve tweeted video of what seemed like dozens of bomb blasts going off, covering the target in devastation.
VIDEO: Here’s what it looks like when @USAFCENT #F15 and #F35 jets drop 36,000 Kg of bombs on a Daesh infested island. 🛩💥 هكذا تبدوا الجزيرة الموبوءة بداعش بعد أن أسقطت عليها الطائرات المقاتلة #أف-15 و #أف-35 36,000 كغم من الذخيرة pic.twitter.com/2v6FAEL9Rn
— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) September 10, 2019
The strike targeted Qanus Island, situated on the Tigris River in Northern Iraq. Qanus has been used by ISIS fighters as a stopping point during travel from Syria to Iraq.
F-15 and F-35 fighter jets dropped laser-guided munitions on the target.
American military personnel are currently operating as advisors to the Iraqi military to assist in keeping the remnants of the ISIS caliphate down, as invited guests of the unstable Middle Eastern nation. After the airstrike, Iraqi troops were deployed to Qanus in order to deny any further use of the island to the jihadists, and captured additional film of the airstrike’s effects.
After heavy conflict with the Kurdish Peshmerga, Syrian and Iraqi governments, and the American and Russian militaries, ISIS has become a mere shadow of its former shelf. The former grand caliphate has lost the ability to hold onto any substantial territories, although it still possess a small army of insurgents capable of waging guerrilla warfare.
President Trump has sought to bring American troops home, although there’s a case to be made that airstrike operations in support of Iraqi troops fighting ISIS avoid placing America in unnecessary foreign entanglements. If anything, the devastating strike against ISIS militants on Qanus Island reveals the powerful and unmatched capabilities of the U.S military, and the need for caution in its use.
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John Bolton Completes Turncoat Transformation, Slams Trump White House For Delaying Tell-All Book
Bolton’s book is subject to a national security review.
Former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton bemoaned a national security review of his upcoming tell-all book when speaking at Duke University on Monday.
Bolton isn’t pleased that his book, “The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir,” is being delayed while White House national security personnel thoroughly review it to ensure any and all classified information remains private. According to Bolton, the book’s been in review since December 30th, hardly a lengthy period of time to ensure that classified U.S intelligence isn’t released to the broader public.
According to Bolton, the process is censorship.
“I say things in the manuscript about what [Trump] said to me; I hope they become public someday. He tweets, but I can’t talk about it — how fair is that?”
Bolton was fired as National Security Adviser for consistently trying to undermine the President’s America First foreign policy vision, instead preferring a neoconservative approach of regime change, globalism, and wide-ranging foreign intervention.
He’s flirted strongly with anti-Trump resistance liberals since his ouster, falling out of the President’s good graces and drawing his ire in presidential tweets.
For a guy who couldn’t get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn’t get approved for anything since, “begged” me for a non Senate approved job, which I gave him despite many saying “Don’t do it, sir,” takes the job, mistakenly says “Libyan Model” on T.V., and..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
This isn’t the first time that Bolton has claimed the White House are censoring him. He incorrectly believed the White House was blocking his access to his official Twitter account, when by all indications it simply appears he was unaware how to bypass the two-factor authentication needed to access Twitter from a new IP address after his firing.
It’s totally reasonable for Bolton’s profiteering book to be delayed for any and all considerations over classified information. The longtime neoconservative pundit will simply have to wait to cash in.
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