29 Dec '17, 8pm

Mattis: 'The War Is Not Over' in Iraq and Syria

U.S.-backed forces were in the process of "crushing the life" out of ISIS but "the war is not over" in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria earlier this month and held a parade in Baghdad. Russian President Vladimir Putin later made similar claims on behalf of the Moscow-backed regime of Syrian President Hafez Assad and said -- not for the first time -- that Russia would begin withdrawing troops . However, Mattis echoed his field commanders in stating that much work remained to be done to prevent the emergence of what Mattis has called "ISIS 2.0," a reference to a possible ISIS attempt to return to its hit-and-run terror roots in an effort to once again exploit sectarian rifts in Iraq and Syria. "We told you that the [ISIS] caliphate was going to go down," Mattis said, and "as we sit here t...

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