20 May '17, 9pm

#Pentagon plans to 'annihilate' #ISIS United States

WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump has instructed the Pentagon to "annihilate" the ISIS group in Syria in a bid to prevent escaped foreign fighters from returning home, Defence Secretary James Mattis has said. The move to encircle, then kill as many militants in place as possible - rather than letting them exit a city and targeting them as they flee - reflects an increased urgency to stop battle-hardened radical fighters from taking their military expertise and ideology back to European capitals and other areas. The President has "directed a tactical shift from shoving ISIS out of safe locations in an attrition fight to surrounding the enemy in their strongholds so we can annihilate ISIS," said Mr Mattis last Friday, using the acronym of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. "The intent is to prevent the return home of escaped foreign fighters." Mr Trump, who campaigned on...

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