Daily Mail: ‘It’s absolutely a given that ISIS will come back’: Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis warns that the terrorist organization will resurge with Trump’s removal of U.S. troops from Syria
* Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned Sunday that ISIS will ‘absolutely come back’ with the removal of U.S. troops from Syria
* ‘ISIS is not defeated. We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don’t recover,’ he told Chuck Todd on Meet The Press
* On Thursday, President Trump defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria and abandon America’s Kurdish allies to a Turkish invasion
* Trump also suggested that he isn’t worried about ISIS fighters being held by the Kurds escaping amid Turkish attacks, because ‘they’ll go back to Europe’
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis is warning that ISIS will ‘absolutely come back’ with the removal of U.S. troops from Syria.
‘ISIS is not defeated. We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don’t recover,’ Mattis told Chuck Todd Sunday on Meet The Press when asked if President Trump made the right decision by pulling troops from Northern Syria last week.
‘It’s in a situation of disarray right now,’ Mattis, who resigned as Secretary of Defense in January, said of the situation between Turkey and Syria.
‘Obviously the Kurds are adapting to the Turkish attacks. We’ll have to see if they can maintain the fight against ISIS. It’s going to have an impact. The question is how much.
‘We may want a war over; we may even declare it over. You can pull your troops out as President Obama learned the hard way out of Iraq, but the ”enemy gets the vote”, we say in the military. And in this case, if we don’t keep the pressure on, then ISIS will resurge. It’s absolutely a given that they will come back.’
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Update: James Mattis says Trump’s troop pullout has led to ‘disarray’ in Syria (The Guardian)
WNU Editor: Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis is probably right. One can only hope that since Turkish President Erdogan has broken everything, he now owns it.
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