ISIS is officially the deadliest terrorist organization in the world.
Yesterday, Col. Allen West reported on the Obama administration fudging the numbers when it came to our attacks on ISIS. The numbers on the surface seem great, that “More than two years after the U.S. launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets in the Middle East, the commander overseeing the joint campaign said Wednesday as many as 45,000 ISIS-linked fighters had been killed,” however, as West noted, “I’d like to know how does one confirm the exact number of 45,000 ISIS fighters killed over the past two years, especially 25,000 in the past 11 months? What are the precise measures to conduct such BDA (battlefield damage assessment)? I would challenge the assertion of ISIS being a “diminished” force, because we’ve begun airstrikes on the barbaric group in Libya. But, there’s another very integral reason for my skepticism and, as stated, I do not believe in coincidences.”
And that was hardly pure speculation. A House GOP report released yesterday concluded that “key military intelligence was manipulated to paint an unrealistically optimistic picture of the Untied States’s fight against the Islamic State.” In other words, the Obama administration wanted us to believe that ISIS really is Al-Qaeda’s JV team, and not the largest terror threat in the world right now. This House GOP report is hardly the first to accuse military intelligence of painting an overly optimistic portrayal of our fight against ISIS – we’ve also been accused of doing the same – by ISIS. Back in November of last year, in a propaganda video titled “No Respite,” they accused the Obama administration of “cooking the facts on the results of your military airstrikes.”
The numbers on the brutality of ISIS are out, and as American Military News reports, they’re hardly the JV team Obama thought they were.
ISIS has slaughtered over 33,000 people since its inception in 2003, according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism University of Maryland. In the 13 years between 2002 and 2015 the terrorist organization and its affiliates have carried out 4,900 acts of terror, caused 41,000 injuries, and took 11,000 hostages. Their actions have accounted for 13 percent of terror attacks across the planet and have caused 26 percent of all deaths caused by acts of terror. Many Westerners would be shocked to learn that ISIS-inspired attacks that took place in the West account for less than 1 percent of all attacks and injuries.
The Washington Post noted that terrorist attacks committed by ISIS tend to be more deadly than those carried out by non-ISIS terror groups. The study shows that 74 percent of ISIS attacks from 2003-2015 were deadly while only 51.4 percent of non-ISIS terror attacks carried out in the same time period were deadly. ISIS is also far more likely to take hostages or use suicide tactics. 38.5 percent of ISIS attacks involve a suicide attack or the use of hostages while only these tactics are only utilized in 13.3 percent of non-ISIS attacks.
It’s been said that acknowledging a problem is the first step towards fighting it, and we have a Commander in Chief won’t even acknowledge that the Islamic State is Islamic.