James Mattis: Military using ‘annihilation tactics’ against ISIS
Defense Secretary James Mattis said U.S. forces are 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 believes the Islamic State has been greatly weakened but refused to put any timeline of the fight, only saying that it will be a long...