Despite US President Donald Trump’s repeated declarations of victory over Daesh, the US has – once again – announced a resumption in operations against the group. While the tug-of-war between the commander-in-chief and the Pentagon is apparent, one expert points out that there is one thing both parties can agree on: oil.
In a Saturday press conference, US Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric Hill announced that, following operations on November 22, a US-led coalition was able to not only capture a “significant amount” of small arms, ammunition and explosives, but also detained over a dozen Daesh soldiers.
“As long as Daesh presents a threat, we must stay vigilant to prevent it, for the sake of the region and our homelands,” he said, as reported by Military Times.
With this renewed effort to combat Daesh forces in Syria, it’s understandable that some observers are scratching their heads, considering the fact that the commander-in-chief has declared ad nauseum that those same Daesh forces have been eliminated over the past year.
Despite Trump’s intention to spread some holiday cheer back in December 2018 by announcing the US had “won against” Daesh, his followup, December 22 statement that “whatever remains” should be “easily” taken care of sent mixed messages. This led to a late January explanation that the “Caliphate will soon be destroyed,” which was followed by a February announcement of a “100% Caliphate victory!”