first published on March 4, 2017 by Josh
It is no secret that the Islamic State is now but a shadow of what it once was. The organization that used to control vast areas of land from Syria to Iraq has been pushed back onto its heels by continued joint operations from almost every group currently fighting in both countries. Every time the Islamic State attempts to move, they are crushed. One of the primary reasons the Islamic State has been crumbling, without a shadow of doubt, is continuous coalition airstrikes that have stopped the group from mustering any large scale attacks. Even logistical movements for supplies and their fighters have been completely choked off by Operation Inherent Resolve’s ability to quickly strike Islamic State targets of opportunity and tactical importance.
With these strikes being relentless, the Islamic State has lost ground in almost every major area they once previously controlled. This denial of movement by OIR has allowed multiple large scale military operations to take place to remove the group from strongholds like Mosul, and Al-Raqqa. With these safe havens and logistical hubs out of the fight, and many of their best fighters lost with them, the group has been forced to field untrained children, under-equipped fighters, and even heavily disabled persons to the front-lines for guerrilla style fighting. While the group is failing on the battlefield they are still producing high budget, high production value propaganda videos in an attempt to remain relevant as a terror organization.
In order to film these propaganda pieces, the group bides their time and waits for prime opportunities to strike. Similar to when the group first started, they are now only taking fights that they are sure they can win with absolute certainty, and fights that will get their editing team the best front-line footage of their troops winning in battle. To do this, the Islamic State is now waiting until the weather prevents flight operations from Operation Inherent Resolve, and deteriorates the communication capabilities of their enemy. They then isolate small, barely manned positions, and overrun them with what is likely a good percentage of their remaining troop strength.
In the video below, which is graphic by nature, Islamic State fighters conduct a brutal raid against an isolated Syrian Defense Force position. The Syrian Defense Force troops are alone, and no support will be coming to pull them out of the fire, so they quickly break and attempt to run. Running proves even more fatal than staying to fight, and the entire position is wiped out decisively by the Islamic State. We can expect to see more videos like this as the Islamic State continues to try and recruit fresh fighters into their failing organization.
Warning: This video contains scenes of graphic violence, including death, which may be unsuitable for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.