Analysis: Islamic State Spokesman Says 'New phase' of Jihad Has Begun by Thomas Joscelyn. The "War is not over," he proclaims, as the conflict with the "Rejectionist Safavids" (Iranians) and others is still ongoing. Source 7s.
A few people being exchanged is always good as non combatants should not be held hostage. The fact that the Syrian government is also giving ISIL $27 million dollars will allow them to buy more hardware to use against others. This will see more deaths at ISIL hands.
Declaring victory over ISIS, President Trump orders all 2,000 US troops out of Syria, official says. The president has ordered 2,000 U.S. Troops in Syria be withdrawn as quickly as possible from their posts, according to a U.S. Official. The withdrawal is based on Trump’s decision that the mission against the Islamic State is complete, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly before it is announced. Trump declared victory over ISIS in a Wednesday tweet. Ref. USAToday.
Top US envoy fighting ISIS Brett McGurk resigns citing Trump's decision to remove troops in Syria, reports say. Brett McGurk, the U.S. Envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State, has resigned in protest to President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. Troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security officials. The Associated Press and the New York times reported the news. Ref. USAToday.
Sick ISIS suicide bomber revealed. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Kabul airport suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan, which killed at least 60 people. Source 4b.