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Oct 12 - Mattis warns 'ISIS will resurge' without U.S. pressure on Syria
 

 



Former Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a new interview that ISIS will become stronger in northern Syria and Iraq if U.S.-aligned forces do not maintain pressure in the region.

In an interview airing Sunday on "Meet the Press," Mattis warned that the region was in "disarray" due to the invasion of Turkish forces and withdrawal of U.S. troops, which he warned would benefit ISIS forces thought to be hiding in the region as well as those already detained in prison camps.

"Itís in a situation of disarray right now," Mattis said of the northern Syria region currently besieged by Turkish forces. "Obviously, the Kurds are adapting to the Turkish attacks. And we'll have to see if they're able to maintain the f*ght against ISIS. It's going to have an impact. The question is, how much?"

"I think Secretary of State [Mike] Pompeo, the intelligence services, the foreign countries that are working with us have it about right that ISIS is not defeated," Mattis continued. "We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don't recover. We may want a war over. We may even declare it over."

Mattis also likened President Trump's announcement early this week that the U.S. would allow Turkish military action in the region to former President Obama's drawdown of troops in Iraq.

"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," Mattis said. "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."

Mattis joined a number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week who warned that ISIS forces in the region would capitalize on chaos caused by the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the invasion of Turkish forces. Thousands of Kurdish civilians have fled the region due to Turkish military strikes.

Trump has faced mounting Republican criticism over the issue even as his administration battles Democrats on an impeachment inquiry and a wide range of investigations.

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged the president to reconsider in a rare public rebuke.

"I urge the President to exercise American leadership to keep together our multinational coalition to defeat ISIS and prevent significant conflict between our NATO ally Turkey and our local Syrian counterterrorism partners," he said.


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Primitive war mongering
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every month or so the so-called "bad guy isis boogeyman" suddenly resurfaces out of nowhere. its just pro war machine propaganda meant to instill constant fear on the american people


the war with syria is just a phony excuse to prop up the phony isis fear

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 messy marv stan said
every month or so the so-called "bad guy isis boogeyman" suddenly resurfaces out of nowhere. its just pro war machine propaganda meant to instill constant fear on the american people


the war with syria is just a phony excuse to prop up the phony isis fear
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