‘Mad Dog’ Mattis: We’re Moving To ‘Annihilation Phase’ In Defeating ISIS

Donald Trump’s Defense Secretary is fighting the battle with ISIS in two phases. Here’s is an update:

Phase One: Attrition – Complete.

Phase Two: AnnihilationCommencing.

That about sums it up. James Mattis said on Sunday that U.S. Forces are now using “annihilation tactics” in their fight against the Islamic State.

“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 on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.’ “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 are not going to allow them to do so. We are going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate.”

Mattis was asked by John Dickerson if the faster pace could be responsible for the near-100 civilian deaths after a bombing of Mosul, Mattis said that “the American people and the American military will never get used to civilian casualties.” But, he added, the military found residue in the area that indicates ISIS may have had a munitions stockpile in the middle of the residential area.

While he refused to put a timeline on the fight, he said it would be a long one.

“We have had success on the battlefield, we have freed millions of people from being under their control and not one inch of that ground that ISIS has lost has ISIS regained,” Mattis said. “However, there are larger currents, there are larger confrontations in this part of the world and we cannot be blind to those.”

Speaking on North Korea, he said that the rogue dictatorship should not be allowed to determine the tension level in the region.

“We have had success on the battlefield, we have freed millions of people from being under their control and not one inch of that ground that ISIS has lost has ISIS regained,” Mattis said. “However, there are larger currents, there are larger confrontations in this part of the world and we cannot be blind to those.”

H/T: Washington Examiner