Trump gives generals 30 days for new anti-IS strategy

Posted February 01, 2017

One of Trump's directives will order the Joint Chiefs to submit a strategy within 30 days to defeat Islamic State terrorist groups, a senior administration official said, signaling that the new president hopes to make good on his campaign promise to more aggressively confront global terrorism than his predecessor.

Many Iraqis who resettle in the United States have risked their lives to help US forces in Iraq, whether as translators or information gatherers or spies.

Trump had spoken about implementing a new plan to defeat the Islamic State, also called ISIS, at a campaign appearance in North Carolina in September.

The plan is expected to include recommendations on changes to military actions, diplomacy, coalition partners, mechanisms to cut off or seize the group's financial support and a way to pay for the strategy, according to the language released by the White House. "Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today's call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern".

The Joint Chiefs will have to present options for the destruction of ISIS to Mr. Trump within 30 days.

"President Trump might be looking for something with quicker results, that could put some more options on the table", retired Lieutenant-General David Barno, who led coalition forces in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005, told National Public Radio last Friday.

Any shifts by the USA military would have broad repercussions for US relationships across the Middle East, which were strained by former President Barack Obama's effort throughout his administration to limit US military involvement in Iraq and Syria.

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Mattis said he believed the United States already had a strategy that would allow the American military to regain control of Raqqa.

"This is evil. This is a level of evil that we haven't seen".

"ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West", Brennan said, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State. He routinely criticized the Obama administration's tactics against the extremist group. "We do want peace".

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