More than two years ago, the Islamic State [IS] seized control of Fallujah, a Sunni-majority city in the Anbar province of Iraq just west of Baghdad.
Sunday, Iraqi troops launched an air and land offensive, backed by a U.S.-led coalition that includes paramilitary troops of largely Shite militia.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, “Our forces are advancing, and things are going much better than we expected.”
On Monday, the Iraqi coalition retook nearby Garma.
As reported in the Chicago Tribune: “‘The enemy is collapsing,’ Abadi said. ‘Our message to civilians is that these operations are to save you from Daesh,’ he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.”
Iraq and Syria continue to fight IS as they struggle for control of the cities within their borders, but IS has plans to create a global caliphate well beyond the borders of Iraq, Syria, and the Levant, a term that in its broadest interpretation includes a sweeping Mediterranean territory from Greece to Egypt.
A careful reading of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Revelation confirms the aspirations of IS. What remains uncertain is who ultimately rises to power to resurrect the Ottoman Empire to form the world-wide Islamic Caliphate.