12 Jun '18, 7pm

“Groups such as ISIS cannot be allowed to exist” - SecDef Mattis @CJTFOIR @DeptofDefense https://t.co/qVwCXsjxvJ

“Groups such as ISIS cannot be allowed to exist” - SecDef Mattis @CJTFOIR @DeptofDefense https://t.co/qVwCXsjxvJ

While Iraq has liberated all of its territory once captured and held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-led military campaign against the rogue organization continues in Syria, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at a meeting of the defeat-ISIS coalition at NATO headquarters in Brussels today. Mattis attended a conference of the alliance’s defense ministers this week. “A little over 100 hours ago, our [Syrian] partner forces began the first of several offensives to diminish ISIS’ physical caliphate,” the secretary said. “As operations ultimately draw to a close, we must avoid leaving a vacuum in Syria that can be exploited by the [Syrian President Bashar Assad] regime or its supporters.” Despite the successes of the last year, the enduring defeat of ISIS is not over, Mattis said, noting that NATO approved a training mission yesterday and called it a step i...

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