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-Short Attention Span Theater-
The Greatest War Movie Ever Made
[National Review] The second-to-last comment made by Colonel Walter E. Kurtz is this: "Their commanders won’t allow them to write ’F***’ on their airplanes because it’s obscene." In Apocalypse Now we’ve seen a cavalry officer wipe out a village and call in a napalm strike to make a beach safe for surfing. We’ve seen the hero of the piece fatally shoot a badly wounded woman because he doesn’t want the hassle of bringing her to a hospital. Kurtz lives in an infernal empire of rotting corpses and severed heads. Words are obscene? War is obscene. Maybe one war in particular.

Regardless of whether that assertion is true, Apocalypse Now is a vision of fierce but controlled passion, grotesque and beautiful. If it ended at the 45-minute mark, after Colonel Kilgore extols the fragrance of a.m. napalm, it would still be the dean of all war movies, the sharpest and most haunting.

Apocalypse Now is returning to theaters for one night, August 15, exactly 40 years after its original release, and then being reissued in a "final cut" DVD. The original version ran 153 minutes, but after movie nerds started enthusing about the supposedly superior version containing "lost footage," director Francis Ford Coppola delivered the sprawling Apocalypse Now Redux in 2002. He now says that version was "a little too long" at three hours and 22 minutes. Wrong: it was way too long. The "final cut" version is three hours and three minutes, and although some of the restored material is interesting, none of it is essential. The best cut remains the first theatrical release.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 07:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [448 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Greatest war movie? Doubtful, but a movie which, among other things, revealed or reminded us of the existence of... 'wars within wars.' Not much appears to have changed in 40 years.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 8:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Giant can of worms. Heart of Darkness was much more cerebral than Apocalypse Now, but you would never have gotten the latter without the former. Just as we'll never build another Hoover Dam, we'll never have another war exactly like Viet Nam and we'll never get the folklore that came with it from the crap in the middle east.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 9:09 Comments || Top||

#3  War is obscene. Maybe one war in particular

4000 year record of history seems to be on Trotsky's side - you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. Like it or not.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2019 9:11 Comments || Top||

#4  I was just thinking the other day. What ever happened to the "mindthoughts" asshole?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 9:13 Comments || Top||

#5  I wasn't there but my friends who were told me the movie's power was in its surreality, which was what the reality felt like.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/10/2019 9:42 Comments || Top||

#6  wasn't a war movie, was a political movie.
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/10/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Now "Full Metal Jacket" was a war movie.
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/10/2019 10:20 Comments || Top||

#8  Hamburger Hill - You are NOT my brother...""
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Kelly's Heroes is the best war movie.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/10/2019 10:37 Comments || Top||

#10  Yawn. A lame attempt that failed to capture Conrad's infinite subtlety - but definitely scored political points with Hollywood gatekeepers and moneymen.
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 11:04 Comments || Top||

#11  Another clickbait article...
From the flawed (but fun!) Zulu(1964), the tragicomic Charge of the Light Brigade(1968), sardonic Breaker Morant(1980), cynical Paths of Glory(1956), on to mini-series Gettysburg(1993)... There are so many that assigning a G.O.A.T, seems rather silly because there will always be another.
Posted by: magpie || 08/10/2019 11:41 Comments || Top||

#12  I really liked Apocalypse now because it captured the scale like few war movies ever have (Battle of Hue in Full Metal Jacket and Beach assault in Private Ryan are exceptions).

Too bad he made that horrible directors cut/moneygrab that just slowed the pacing down to a crawl.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/10/2019 12:03 Comments || Top||

#13  I liked Dunkirk, which featured the heroic retreat of UK.
Posted by: Regular joe || 08/10/2019 12:11 Comments || Top||

#14  My favorite Apocalypse Now line was actually the setup to Kilgore's napalm soliloquy, the spotter on the OV-1 on the radio saying "You got about thirty seconds to get your people back and get your heads down, this is gonna be a big one..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 12:24 Comments || Top||

#15  A long dead friend used to swear that a bridge like that existed in a state like that. He was 4 years in the Delta on a 4 man kill team so I believe him.
Also the Tiger mango bit with fat tigers ringed true to him.
His preferred weapon in the narrow delta jungle paths where the average fire fight lasted 4 seconds was - 2 sawed off 8 gauges with buck shot on swivel holsters off each hip. - hear something and shoot each side of the path. Bird, tiger, enemy who cares as you live.

Posted by: 3dc || 08/10/2019 14:22 Comments || Top||

#16  Have to go with The Longest Day. A lot of reality on the lead up to the decision and then the execution. The scenes from the Germany command side and all the dichotomy of decision malfunction from Hitler down to the Himmler/Goering set was revealing.
Posted by: Chath Angens8595 || 08/10/2019 15:00 Comments || Top||

#17  'Saving Private Ryan' for me.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 15:24 Comments || Top||

#18  "Rumors of War",....oh wait....that was a book.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 08/10/2019 15:50 Comments || Top||

#19  What Mercutio said.

♪Ho Chi Minh is a son of a bitch!
♫Got the blueballs, crabs and the seven-year itch!
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/10/2019 16:01 Comments || Top||

#20  My daughter actually sat down and watched the whole movie a couple of years ago, and she said that it was absolutely fab ... right up until Marlon Brando appeared in it. And at that point ... it all tanked, faster than the Titanic.
Her theory is that Coppola was putting everything on a bet that Brando would put in an amazing performance.
Which he did, sort of ... but it was wholly unrelated to the first part of the movie. Just kind of fizzled from there, she said.
I've been of the opinion that Tropic Thunder was a pitch-perfect parody of the filming of Apocalypse Now.
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 08/10/2019 18:13 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Finnish Scientists: Effect of human activity on climate change insignificant
[Helsinki Times] A new paper published by researchers form the University of Turku in Finland suggests that even though observed changes in the climate are real, the effects of human activity on these changes are insignificant. The team suggests that the idea of man made climate change is a mere miscalculation or skewing the formulas by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Jyrki Kauppinen and Pekka Malmi, from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, in their paper published on 29th June 2019 claim to prove that the "GCM-models used in IPCC report AR5 fail to calculate the influences of the low cloud cover changes on the global temperature. That is why those models give a very small natural temperature change leaving a very large change for the contribution of the green house gases in the observed temperature."

Thus, in order to come to the results matching the actual climate change the IPCC has to "use a very large sensitivity to compensate a too small natural component. Further they have to leave out the strong negative feedback due to the clouds in order to magnify the sensitivity." In addition, Kauppinen and Malmi claim that their paper proves that "the changes in the low cloud cover fraction practically control the global temperature."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 02:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But their grants are weak...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 3:13 Comments || Top||

#2  And yet the UN continues to push on with its scam to get more boodle.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/10/2019 10:24 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Antifa Terrorism—The Coming Civil War
From a few weeks ago, herewith a taste. Hat tip to Alaska Paul.
[Vdare] “Armed Civil War In Current Year America.” Even as hyperbole, it makes for a sexy headline. So why won’t the failing news media — so desperate for ratings and clicks—talk about the story that’s a far fetch from fake news? Antifa has declared war on America’s border agents and the pro-open border press has declared a media blackout on the details.

If you’ve been keeping track of corporate press storytelling, this is what you know: On July 13, 69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen stormed an ICE detention centre in Tacoma. He was armed and eventually fatally shot after throwing what authorities called “incendiary devices” at an immigration detention center in Washington state, trying to set a commercial-size propane tank on fire.

And that’s where the story ends.

But did you know the dead firebombing terrorist, who had ICE agents in his crosshairs, was an avowed member of Antifa’s militant left wing gun club?

Did you even know Antifa has a gun club?

Didn’t think so.

As recently profiled in The New Republic, “Antifa is arming itself.”

In their profile of a rise in gun culture among the radical left the publication notes

“Many leftists and even some liberals are beginning to reconsider their feelings about firearms, joining a loose amalgamation of gun groups, from John Brown Gun Clubs (which take their name from the abolitionist) to the Pink Pistols (an LGBTQ group), Liberal Gun Club, and Socialist Rifle Association. Some of these organizations are moderate and traditionalist, others radical and revolutionary. But all share one implicit goal: to normalize firearms ownership and training among liberals. Some of their members hope such efforts will at least make Republicans think twice...” [Antifa Is Arming Itself Against a Trump Crackdown | Will leftist pro-gun groups deter political violence or inflame it? by Corey Pein July 2, 2019]

The piece, which points to the fact terrorist Van Spronsen’s Antifa gun club started some four months after Donald Trump’s election, sinisterly hints at, dare I say it, assassination of America’s beloved President.

“Assassination to remove tyrants is just, not murder,” The New Republic states.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [375 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Canary, coal mine...
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 2:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Sort of like killing Bambi. If Bambi was rabid...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 3:30 Comments || Top||

#3  And the fun part will be the battlefield souvenirs, though one or two airsoft guns is certainly enough for anyone...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 3:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Assassination to remove tyrants is just

What's with the sudden Lefty adoption of highfalutin classical Greek allusions?

When did they get all Patrick Henry-ish and start flinging rhetorical tropes about tyrants and such?

Or are they channeling their inner John WIlkes Booth?

Come to think of it, maybe this is getting serious. Where are these leftist pro-gun groups, exactly?
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 3:38 Comments || Top||

#5  If they do start a civil war, I can't wait til the first Antifa prisoners whine about the Geneva convention before becoming lamppost fruit.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/10/2019 3:47 Comments || Top||

#6  This is going to get very ugly and we all need to practice situational and spatial awareness and practice self defense

These people are no joke and they will be killing people for wearing red hats and supporting our President
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/10/2019 8:19 Comments || Top||

#7  These people are no joke and they will be killing people for wearing red hats and supporting our President

We may have recently seen evidence of that. The "civil war" appears to have already begun.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 8:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Yeah, yeah, go out to the local range and learn to fire a gun. Run up against veterans who've been trained in fire, maneuver, cover, concealment, small unit tactics with urban warfare, you'll just be a speed bump.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2019 9:14 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm far less afraid of Antifa gun club than I am of an Antifa bomb club. If they follow the Weatherman's footsteps they could do a lot of damage and cause a lot of confusion.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/10/2019 12:00 Comments || Top||

#10  Ruprecht nailed it.

I'd add that they're also likely to follow the 1970s examples of their European predecessors, Roter Morgen and the Red Brigades, and start targeting judges and political figures, maybe some military.
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 12:09 Comments || Top||

#11  I wouldn't get to comolacent, the Dayton shooter was affiliated with one of the armed Antifa groups and was actually interviewed while participating in one of their counter protests.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 08/10/2019 15:28 Comments || Top||

#12  Dayton shooter was affiliated with one of the armed Antifa groups and was actually interviewed while participating in one of their counter protests.

Could be why the FBI has been.... "unable to unlock" his cellie.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 15:32 Comments || Top||

#13  Re #8, and speaking of not-so-great war movies, I couldn't help picturing Goodman and Jean-Whatsit rooting out the Kraut sniper in Monuments Men.
Posted by: Jash Omager6238 || 08/10/2019 22:12 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Biden Clarifies: 'I Like All Races, Even The Bad Ones'
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.‐Joe Biden has apologized for his recent seemingly racist comment, where he said that poor kids are sometimes as smart as white kids.

"Everyone who knows me knows I'm not a racist," said Biden. "I even have a black friend, Barry. Smart, articulate guy."

Aides were then seen signaling him to stop talking, but Biden pushed on.

"Rest assured," Biden said. "I like all races, even the bad ones."

Aides threw up their hands in exasperation.

"What? What'd I say?"

Media immediately jumped all over Biden's comments, responding to his horrifying gaffe by calling on President Trump to resign.

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 03:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Too early for coffee, but that was damn near an adult diaper moment there...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 3:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Needs to be part of a multi-candidate montage, spliced with Booker's "I am Fartacus", Fauxcahontas, Harris joking about marijuana usage, Scarecrow Sanders calling Baltimore a Third Woyld Country...
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 3:27 Comments || Top||

#3  It is the Babylon Bee, thus satire. However, it is sometimes hard to tell these days.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/10/2019 9:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Biden further added, "It was the Orange Man, it's his fault, he made me do it."
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/10/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#5  I picked Not Bee. It's Biden, fer cripes sake!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/10/2019 11:32 Comments || Top||

#6  My first thought when I read the headline was "Oh Jesus, even he wouldn't say that, would he?" Genius satire.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 08/10/2019 16:10 Comments || Top||

NAACP Official Calls for DOJ to 'Infiltrate' White Supremacist Organizations and 'Prosecute'
WASHINGTON -- Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, called on the U.S. Department of Justice to "investigate, infiltrate where necessary and prosecute white supremacist violent organizations" in the U.S.
Gwen Ifill's cousin
"They'll do it in a minute for any other kind of organization but they won't do it for these and we need that," Ifill said during a rally outside of the White House on Tuesday with progressive organizations in favor of gun control. "We need gun legislation. We need McConnell to let those bills come to the floor. We need legislation to protect our elections from Russian and other foreign interference. We need the Attorney General to articulate a plan to deal with white supremacist violence to protect the people in this country and we demand it."

Ifill called on liberal activists to "press" their local, state and federal representatives to take action on gun control in the aftermath of the El Paso and Dayton shootings.

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 01:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "They'll do it (infiltrate) in a minute for any other kind of organization

That really is going to leave a mark.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 2:03 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd say the FBI is already DEEPLY embedded in the Democratic party.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/10/2019 2:16 Comments || Top||

#3  There are no violent white supremacist organizations in the US. If there were, we'd see real hate crimes in the endless series of fame ones. There are individual idiots and lunatics, but organizations? No.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/10/2019 5:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Immediately after, Ruth Bader Ginsburg infiltrated joined the Little Odessa Bird Watching Society.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/10/2019 6:55 Comments || Top||

#5  white supremacist violent organizations" in the U.S.

Do they have membership cards and secret coder rings and all that neato keen whiz-bang spy stuff?

Someone is living in a parallel paranoid universe. Where does the NAACP get its info; from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/10/2019 10:14 Comments || Top||

#6  And guess who will get to define what a "white supremacist violent organization" is?
Posted by: charger || 08/10/2019 11:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Obviously its anyone who disagrees with them charger.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/10/2019 11:55 Comments || Top||

Bus travel from Lahore, Pakistan to New Delhi, India terminated
[Jerusalem Post] Pakistan said on Saturday it had canceled a bus linking Lahore with India's capital New Delhi, the last remaining public transport link between the neighbors divided by a dispute over the Kashmir region.

Islamabad reacted with fury this week after India revoked the special status for the portion of Kashmir that it controls, calling the action illegal, a claim New Delhi denies.

Pakistan has already cut two rail links, suspended bilateral trade and expelled India's ambassador, all part of what it called a diplomatic effort to protest against the decision.

Arshad Ali, tourism officer at Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation that runs the Pakistan leg of the journey, told Reuters the government had issued directives that meant the bus, that departs Lahore six days a week at 0600 local time, was suspended from Saturday onwards.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 13:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They'll just have to take a boat paid for by the ISI, like the LeT
Posted by: Frank G || 08/10/2019 16:04 Comments || Top||

Meet Janna Jihad, Palestine’s new pin-up
A taste:
[Spectator.us] In fact, Janna Jihad’s name really is Janna Jihad. She’s Janna Jihad Ayyad, a 13-year-old ’activist’ born in Florida but now living in her father’s village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, and she’s the fresh, young face of terrorist propaganda. The ’youngest accredited journalist in the world’, Janna is the latest product of the Paleostinian attempt to mobilize children against Israel. If anyone else did that, Amnesia Amnesty International would call it abuse or grooming. Do it against Israel, and Amnesty will call it ’resistance’, and use child exploitation to promote a violently anti-Israel and anti-American agenda in the US.

Janna’s social media presentation is highly accomplished. She has her own Twitter page, in which she speaks in the first person. There are soft-focus shots of Janna tearfully holding a video camera; of Janna in traditional dress; of Janna in a keffiyah, pondering where Yasser Arafat hid all that American money; Janna smiling toothily as she imagines the Zionist occupier chased into the sea by the swords of the fedayeen. There are also shots from Janna’s recent US tour.

It appears that Janna, like just about everyone else in Nabi Saleh, is part of the al-Tamimi clan. In 2001, Janna’s relative Ahlam al-Tamimi was scout and driver for the Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbung millipede, suicide kaboom on the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem, which killed 15 people, including seven children and a pregnant woman, and maimed 130 more. She has stated that she has no regrets. When the FBI put Ahlam on its Most Wanted list, her relative Nariman al-Tamimi launched a Facebook campaign in support of Ahlam’s ’sacrifices’.

Nariman’s husband Bassem talks of a ’Nabi Saleh school to create the generation of freedom fighter to liberate Paleostine’ [sic]. In 2015, Bassem al-Tamimi’s speaking tour of the US was sponsored by a rainbow alliance of tax-exempt crackpots including the hungry anti-Zionists of Vegans Against the Occupation; the theological perverts of Friends of Sabeel North America (a Paleostinian Christian group who claim that the Paleostinians are a political Jesus, crucified by the wicked Jews); a congeries of front groups with deceptively reasonable names like the Middle East Children’s Alliance and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center; and, of course, the hand-wringing hypocrites of Amnesia Amnesty International. Amnesty promoted Bassem al-Tamimi as a ’peace activist’, only for Bassem to go off-script by claiming on Facebook that the Israelis harvest the organs of Paleostinian children. Perhaps he had heard this from Vegans Against the Occupation.

The most famous graduate of Bassem’s school for child exploitation is Ahed Tamimi
...the blond, blue-eyed Arab-Israeli maiden who along with siblings and young cousins in the boisterous village of Nabi Saleh has made a hobby of being filmed screaming at and physically attacking Israeli soldiers, urged on by well-known Fatah activist Bassem Tamimi, her papa...
, that paradox of political correctness, a blue-eyed blonde adopted as an icon by ignorant Westerners who think that Israelis are all blue-eyed blonds from Russia and Paleostinians are all ’people of color’. Bassem put her in front of the cameras as a child; she is now globally famous for picking fights with Israeli soldiers. Janna, who made her screen debut at nine in a film in which the juvenile ’peace activist’ shouts ’We will kill you’ at some baffled Israeli soldiers, is the school’s latest graduate.
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#1  Such a sweet picture of her yukking it up with ratshita tlaib.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  That young soldier should have kicked her in the face that day.

She looks like she's a close genetic cousin of Greta Thunberg. They could be friends one day.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/10/2019 1:15 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
A step-by-step guide to Hajj
[Aljazeera] Millions of Muslims from around the world gather annually in Mecca in anticipation of Hajj - the Muslim pilgrimage, which follows the actions of the Prophet Muhammad 1,377 years ago.

Taking part in the pilgrimage at least once in one's lifetime is a major obligation for all able-bodied Muslims of financial means, and between two and three million people participate in the six-day ritual every year.

Hajj occurs in the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, called Dhul-Hijjah, between the eighth and 13th days of the month.

While the specific rituals carried out by Muslims today date back to the Prophet Muhammad's "farewell pilgrimage" in 632 AD, travelling to Mecca was a sacred annual rite for Arabian tribes centuries before the advent of Islam.

According to Islamic tradition, the Kaaba - a black silk-clad stone structure at the heart of the Grand Mosque in Mecca - was built by the Prophet Abraham in biblical times.

Hajj is, put simply, complex. There are several different ways of performing it, and numerous schools of Islamic thought, between which lie many scholarly differences. Here is a breakdown of the steps included in performing hajj.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2019 02:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under:

#1  First, and important. Take your place in your assigned seat on the aircraft, get conformable for the long flight and empty your bowels and bladder completely.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 3:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Flight 715 from Karachi,
Down safely, if spattered and splotchy:
"Buh-bye, happy hajj!"
Bleat the ground crew, dislodging
Their final conformable hajji.
Posted by: Phager Shang4361 || 08/10/2019 4:26 Comments || Top||

#3  the Kaaba - a black silk-clad stone structure

"That's Ms. Williams to you!"

at the heart of the Grand Mosque in Mecca -

"Oh, that one!"

was built by the Prophet Abraham

Or possibly an ancient ancestor of Jeffrey Epstein.
Posted by: Phager Shang4361 || 08/10/2019 4:33 Comments || Top||

#4  the Saudis actually have an operational train going between Mecca and Medina

about 280 miles, under ideal conditions the trip will take a bit over 2 hours, although I doubt it will go at top speed during the summer

cost of the job was about $10B
Posted by: lord garth || 08/10/2019 15:22 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
Islamic State wages desert-based insurgency in Iraq and Syria
[Long Wars Journal] The Islamic State is far from dead in Iraq and Syria. Despite losing its physical caliphate, the group maintained enough manpower and resources to continue waging an insurgency in both countries. And America’s partners and allies may not have adequate resources to finish off or contain the jihadist menace, as they "struggle" to hold territory liberated from the so-called caliphate’s grip.

These are just come of the conclusions found in a newly released inspector general report submitted to the US Congress and published online.

The US-led coalition, Combined Joint Task Force ‐ Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), reports that "ISIS has been able to regroup and sustain operations in Iraq and Syria."

One reason is that both the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) "remain unable to sustain long-term operations, conduct multiple operations simultaneously, or hold territory that they have cleared of ISIS militants."

The US military has had a small presence in Syria. On President Trump’s orders, the US withdrew some of those forces. The total number of American soldiers in Iraq and Syria isn’t clear, as those figures are contained in the classified portion of the inspector general’s report. But the partial withdrawal has already hurt the ability of the SDF to carry on the fight.

CJTF-OIR told the inspector general that the "drawdown decreased the amount of resources and support available to these Syrian partner forces at a time when they need additional reinforcing for counterinsurgency operations against ISIS." Local forces "require much more training and equipment now than during the operations to defeat ISIS territorially," CJTF-OIR said, explaining that stabilization operations and "ground-focused, human-based intelligence" are required "to confront ISIS insurgents effectively."

While the US has been pulling back, the Islamic State (ISIS) has moved forward with its plan to continue waging guerrilla warfare.

ISIS describes its "overarching strategy" for its "desert-based insurgency" as consisting of three parts: "sahara" (desert), "sahwat" (meaning awakenings ‐ a derogatory reference to any Sunni Muslims who oppose the group), and "sawlat" ("hit-and-run operations"). This is according to CJTF-OIR, which submitted responses to the inspector general office’s questions.

Therefore, whereas the Islamic State had once proclaimed that is territorial caliphate was "remaining and expanding," the group quickly returned to its insurgent roots after losing its turf, conducting guerrilla-style warfare against all of its enemies in the region.
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