The defeat of ISIS in its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa—and its self-proclaimed caliphate—is a huge victory for the West and for the U.S.-backed forces that cleared that Syrian city of its remaining ISIS killers. Those self-proclaimed martyrs surrendered, by the way, refusing to fight to the death as ISIS propaganda had always proclaimed they would.
The Syrian civil war continues and its ghastly toll continues to rise, of course—as does the war against ISIS. And not just in Syria and Iraq, but around the world as the death of five members of American Special Forces in Niger in October show—the sacrifice of the American military of the highest sort. Honor must be paid to their heroism and to the families of the fallen.
Part of that honor is pausing to note that they and their brothers and sisters in arms are winning – that they are actually driving back radical Islamist terror.
Congressman Mike Gallagher noted earlier this week, “that was unthinkable even a year ago under the tactics employed by the Obama administration.” We salute the liberators of Raqqa and the American Special Forces who assisted them.