President Obama has previously been criticized for calling Daesh a junior varsity (JV) team. My take is, if the shoe fits, wear it. Just ask your local Met Life agent:
(CNN) — At least 75% of ISIS fighters have been killed during the campaign of US-led airstrikes, according to US officials.The US anti-ISIS envoy said the campaign has winnowed ISIS’ ranks to between 12,000 and 15,000 “battle ready” fighters, a top US official said on Tuesday.The figures mean the US and its coalition partners have taken out vastly more ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria than currently remain on the battlefield, two years since the bombing campaign began. Last week a US official said the coalition had killed 50,000 militants since 2014.
Ow! That has got to hurt. This gives a whole new meaning to , “See Syria and die.” I’m wondering what effect it’s having on recruitment world wide. One can surmise.
There seem to be three kinds of Daesh recruits:
- Those who join Daesh (ISIS), go to Syria, and die.
- Those who go to Syria, join Daesh, come back to the U.S., Belgium, Paris, etc., and die.
- Those who stay in the U.S. Belgium, Paris, etc., join Daesh, and die.
Longevity is not in the lexicon. Neither, apparently, is life insurance.