U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis revealed today (May 28, 2017) that the U.S. has now shifted its military strategy against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) from "attrition tactics" to "annihilation," according to the Newsmax website.
In an interview today on CBS News' "Face The Nation," Mattis said "our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against ISIS."
"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 [and destroy them]."
"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," he added. "We are going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate."