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Mattis: Trump Ordered Acceleration in Fight Against IS

U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered an “accelerated operation” against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Friday. Mattis called it a “tactical shift,” saying the military would move away from operations designed to shove IS fighters out of seized locations, and instead focus on “surrounding the enemy in its stronghold.” “The intent is to prevent the return home of escaped foreign fighters,” Mattis said, noting that the goal now is to “annihilate” the IS jihadists, not simply contain them. He said “there is no escape”…

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