U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has officially deployed “annihilation tactics” against the Islamic State group, changing up strategies within the United States and amongst world allies.
“Our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against ISIS. It is a threat to all civilized nations,” Mattis said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS News’ Face the Nation.
Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump told leaders during his first foreign trip that defeating terrorism is a priority. In Saudi Arabia on May 21, he called on Muslim nations to join the “battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.”
Mattis said the “bottom line is we are going to move in an accelerated and reinforced manner, throw them on their back foot.”
The defense secretary said strategy has changed.
“We have already shifted from attrition tactics where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria, to annihilation tactics where we surround them,” Mattis said. “Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa. We’re not going to allow them to do so. We’re going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate.”
Once the Islamic State is annihilated, the allies must make sure another group doesn’t take its place.
“Once ISIS is defeated — there’s a larger effort underway to make certain that we don’t just sprout a new enemy,” Mattis said. “We know ISIS is going to go down. We’ve had success on the battlefield. We’ve freed millions of people from being under their control, and not one inch of that ground that ISIS has lost has ISIS regained.”
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