December 27, 2017
New figures show the Trump administration has seen massive gains against the Islamic State over the course of the past year.
On Tuesday, military officials said at least half of all territory once held by ISIS has since been recaptured during President Trump’s first year in office.
In addition, the number of ISIS fighters in both Iraq and Syria has drastically fallen from an estimated 35,000 troops to around 1,000.
This comes after the president departed from Obama-era policies, and allowed military commanders on the ground greater authority over operations.
“The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous,” said Lieutenant General David Deptula, former head of the U.S. Air Force Intelligence. “I mean what are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which took in some cases weeks and weeks”.
Reports say — under President Trump — the military has doubled the number of civilians and territory liberated from ISIS in comparison to the former administration.