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US Secretary of Defense discusses his strategy to 'annihilate' ISIS

Mattis: Our intention is that no foreign fighters survive the fight to come back to the US

US Secretary of Defense discusses his strategy to 'annihilate' ISIS

ISIS is facing a major defeat as opposition forces backed by the United States are surrounding their capital city.

U.S. coalition forces are increasing the pressure in their battle against ISIS in Syria.

"Our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against ISIS," Defense Secretary James Mattis recently told CBS' "Face the Nation."

Mattis says his order from the president of the United States is to eliminate the Islamic terror group once and for all.

"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," the secretary said.

So now a major battle is underway as Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by the United States are carrying out an offensive against Raqqa, Syria, which had served as the so-called caliphate or capital of the Islamic State.

For several months, U.S.-backed coalition forces have been encircling the symbolic and strategic city, which ISIS seized in 2014 and has used as a base to plan attacks abroad.

Up to 4,000 jihadists are reportedly defending Raqqa, and the coalition forces are wearing them down. Mattis says once the group is completely surrounded, they'll go in and clean them out.

This article continues at [CBN News] ISIS Surrounded: Trump's Plan to 'Annihilate' the Islamic Caliphate

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