Mattis: US, NATO to Escalate Fight Against ISIS

Not Ready to Commit to Specific Recommendation Yet

Following up on yesterday’s report that the Pentagon is likely to recommend a significant deployment of US ground troops to Syria by month’s end, Defense Secretary James Mattis confirmed that the US, as well as NATO as an alliance, are preparing to escalate the fight against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.

Mattis played up the idea of a “sustained effort” to fight against ISIS, saying it was a fight that needs to be accelerated, and one he is confident all of NATO is committed to accelerating, though he said the fight would not be over quickly.

At the same time, Mattis said he was not ready to embrace a specific recommendation for a deployment of ground troops, and wanted to talk with other NATO members before deciding on specifics. He did say he wouldn’t rule out making such a recommendation, however.

This is largely in keeping with yesterday’s report, which suggested that final recommendations probably wouldn’t be made until some time around the end of the month. Mattis is in Brussels right now, giving him plenty of opportunity to discuss the deployment with other defense ministers.

President Trump is said to be eager to pick up the pace of the war, with an eye toward a quick victory against ISIS. This is almost certain to end up involving a significant deployment of ground troops, with the ambition of capturing Raqqa presumably involving a large number of US combat troops.

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  • ton

    A ploy to continue the war in Syria with the aim of toppling the Assad government ?

    • TellTheTruth-2

      Exactly ..

  • lordbaldric

    Maybe he should have said we’ll start to fight them for real now, instead of just pretending.

    • TellTheTruth-2

      Don’t bet on that happening ..

    • Don

      Pretty good baldric! Even though you didn’t mean it as cheerleading for war, your words could be used by Trump and they will suit the occasion well!

  • Mikhailovich

    “a fight that needs to be accelerated” means more money for the Military-Industrial complex, secure the interests of the oil corporations and keep under control the friends. Also they would like to push Russia and Iran out of the area.

  • Andrew_Nichols

    Better late than never since they have been encouraging them to move there to fight the Syrians. Effectively, NATO is responsible for the final destruction of Palmyra

  • TellTheTruth-2

    This is CODE for PROTECTING ISIS from Russia and Syria.

  • john

    Why doesn’t someone tell them they can’t have another war until they finish the wars they already have.

  • Patrick O’Rafferty

    ISIS could be defeated with two phone calls..one to OUR FRIEND ISRAEL….one to our friend Saudia Arabia….Donald Trump will never do this….many Working Class American Teenage Males are going to die in the Middle East as a consequence..

    Trump is obviously on board with regime change in Syria and in Christian Russia….I am Alt Right…and I oppose this criminality..

  • dieter heymann

    Mr. President. Are there any ideas or plans of “what after ISIS is defeated”?

  • Sarastro92

    Oh great… a NATO “out of area” deployment … that will rapidly turn into a Regime Change assault on Assad… NATO will treat Assad the way they did Qaddafi … they dare not seek a Security Council resolution, so this invasion will be closer to the Iraq invasion than the Libyan affair.

    But then the next move will be up to Russia… will they chicken out? And then there are Iranian troops in the region as well.

    • Don

      After Obama and Putin made the deal to save Syria from more US led war, this is nothing more than repairing the damage done by Obama.
      Then it leaves just Iran and the nuclear deal which Obama signed on to left destroy.
      Considering the Obama hate that’s been left smoldering, it will be an easy task of getting the American people to sign on to both with enthusiasm.

  • They spent a bunch of other people’s money pumping daesh up, and simultaneously they need to spend more of other people’s money to “fight” them.

    It’s the Self-Sucking Penis. The Ice Cream cone is so 80’s…

  • Nov 20, 2015 The One Thing You Need to Know About ISIS ‘America please wake up!’

    https://youtu.be/vkxFT_hJCdQ

  • wars r u.s.

    Lets pretend this works out and ISIS is defeated. Then what? Do we turn our guns at the ones that are fighting along side of us? Who are allies in this fight? Assad? al Qaeda? Russia? Iran? This sounds like the making of a long quagmire that won’t end good.