Trump orders Pentagon to ‘annihilate’ IS fighters


isis militant  MosulPresident Donald Trump has instructed the Pentagon to “annihilate” the Islamic State group in Syria in a bid to prevent escaped foreign fighters from returning home, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.

The move to encircle then kill as many jihadists in place as possible — rather than letting them exit a city and targeting them as they flee — reflects an increased urgency to stop battle-hardened jihadists bringing their military expertise and ideology back to European capitals and other areas.

The president has “directed a tactical shift from shoving ISIS out of safe locations in an attrition fight to surrounding the enemy in their strongholds so we can annihilate ISIS,” Mattis said, using an acronym for IS.

“The intent is to prevent the return home of escaped foreign fighters.”

Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to quickly defeat IS, signed an executive order soon after taking office giving his generals 30 days to come up with a revised plan to wipe the jihadists out.

The review resulted in the new “annihilation campaign” and saw commanders gain greater autonomy to make battlefield decisions.

Critics of Barack Obama’s administration frequently complained of White House micromanagement and a lengthy approval process causing delays on the ground.

Mattis called foreign fighters a “strategic threat” should they return home and said the annihilation effort would prevent the problem from being transplanted from one location to another.

– Arming the Kurds –

The US-led coalition has been battling IS since late summer 2014, supporting local fighters on the ground with a combination of considerable air support, training and weaponry.

Trump this month authorized the United States to arm the Kurdish faction of an alliance fighting IS in northern Syria, much to the consternation of Turkey, which views them as terrorists.

Though the jihadists have lost 55 percent of the territory they once held in Iraq and Syria and over four million people have been liberated, IS still controls the Syrian stronghold Raqa, swaths of the Euphrates River valley and other areas including a small part of Mosul in Iraq.

Operations in Syria are further complicated by the country’s tangled knot of groups fighting in the civil war.

Russia joined that conflict in late 2015 to prop up President Bashar al-Assad, bringing a new dimension of complexity and risk.

General Joe Dunford, who chairs the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted the US is working successfully with Russia to “deconflict” military operations in Syria.

The two sides established a hotline to inform each other of their forces’ location to avoid any mishaps.

Dunford hinted the US had a “proposal” to further enhance deconfliction, but he didn’t give any details.

“My sense is that the Russians are as enthusiastic as we are to deconflict operations and ensure that we can continue to take the campaign to ISIS and ensure the safety of our personnel,” he said.

Separately, the Pentagon announced that Dunford has been nominated to serve a second two-year term in his job as the country’s top military officer.




57 responses to “Trump orders Pentagon to ‘annihilate’ IS fighters”

  1. Omega Avatar

    – Trump’s first foreign visit: KSA (where all the Wahhabi-Salafi head choppers gathered).
    – Trump sign $350B arms deal with KSA.
    – Trump orders the annihilation of ISIS?


    1. wargame1 Avatar

      ISIS and Al-Qaeda are covertly operated by Iran Russia and the Syrian regime.

      1. Omega Avatar

        You make the likes of vs and OhYeah/Matrix/O’Matrix/annodazumal/etc look intelligent.

      2. Danny Farah Avatar
        Danny Farah

        I agree and 50% of AL Qaeda leadership were living in Iran and even the Son of Bin Laden. The hypocrites forgot how Assad also allowed passage of AL Qaeda fighters into Iraq to kill westerners and were instructed to bomb SHiites places in order to create Chaos in Iraq all with the blessings of Iran. but the fools of the likes of Omega and Hind and now helba will tell you otherwise.

        1. Omega Avatar

          You parroted that non-sensical bs under your other username, MekensehParty. Regurgitating it again, under this alter-ego, will not make it any more true.

          Prisoners (including Muslim Brotherhood and other political movements members) were released from prisons in Syria to appease the revolts. It was done so under new laws permitting general prison amnesties (Decree 61 in May, 2011 and Decrees 53 and 161 in June). To interpret this as evidence that the Syrian government is covertly operated by Iran, Russia and Syria is flimsy at best and mostly, laughable. But if you have proof showing otherwise, do share.

          1. wargame1 Avatar

            ISIS Al-Qaeda never attacked Iran. Top Al-Qaeda leaders live in Iran including the son of Osama Bin Laden. Assad Iran and Russia brought ISIS in Syria in 2013. The revolution started on 2011 when there was no ISIS

          2. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            i agree they never attacked Iran and until last year finally Assad started attacking Daesh. He uses his barrel bombs to kill innocent people buying breads. He cremates them as well which is his specialties. because he is a coward he gases them.. but the village idiots want to convince you otherwise as we buy into their stories..

          3. Omega Avatar

            To date, no proof of gaming nor cremation. Only lying dimwits who regurgitate the Western propaganda. I told you and I’ll repeat: tell it like it is (the West wants Syria) instead of making horse shit up.

          4. Omega Avatar

            Can you tell me why you wrote thirteen separate comments instead of just one? All of which speculate on the presence of jihadists in Iran. Were you over excited or simply don’t know how to write comments properly?

            If I get this right: Iran hosts, finances, arms and supports Sunni Salafi/Wahhabi Muslims who cause terror in the Middle East and around the World on behalf of Iran All of which involve the Syrian and Russian governments. That terror is then blamed on Sunni Muslims. In doing so, the Syrian government, purposely, flooded its territory with thousands of non-Syrian jihadists from all around the world in order to jeopardize its territorial sovereignty and lose the central power it’s been holding for decades in the Middle East. Iran is also looking to do the same.

            Tell me, you Salafi dimwit, are you on some kind of hallucinogenic drugs or were you born plain stupid?

            Where do you fit Saudi Arabia and ‘the spread of ultra-conservative Islam (Wahhabism/Salafism) throughout the Muslim world, the undermining of secular regimes in the region, the funding of Mujahedeens in Afghanistan, supporting Saddam’s invasion of Iran, the bankrolling of Islamic movements and terrorists groups from the Caucus to the Hindu Kush’? What about the close ties Osama Bin Laden had with the CIA for decades? Should I deduce that the USA, Iran and OBL were also working together?

            If your brothers and cousins don’t attack Iran, it’s because they are instructed to focus on Syria to then hope to emulate the same with Iran. The Brits, the Americans and the Israelis have used your poor, horny but virgin and most importantly uneducated ilk like cheap condoms for decades. You have died and will continue to die for them. And that is precisely what they are doing now again. Expandable would be a correct term but disposable is more appropriate.

          5. wargame1 Avatar

            There are many top Al-Qaeda leaders living in Iran. The fled from Afghanistan during the US invasion. Iran sponsor this group and cause terrorism around the world and then blame it on the Arabs. Bin Ladean’s mother was an Alawite from Latakia Syria where the strong hold of Assad is , Bin Ladens father is from Yemen from Kindi tribe which is a Jewish tribe. Bin Laden was born in Latakia and later their family moved to Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden attack Saudi Arabia several times and the Saudi Government stripped off his nationality and expelled him from the country. His family later went to Iran. His current son is also an active terrorist operating from Iran. The Pakistan government also heavily Shia influenced although the sunnis are the majority. No wonder why Pakistan allow Bin Laden to stay there.

          6. wargame1 Avatar

            After the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom by USA in October 2001 in Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks, it is common knowledge that many members of Al Qaeda, including Osama bin Laden, fled to the lawless Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Western Pakistan. What is less known is that key elements of Al-Qaeda also escaped to Iran, in some cases with assistance from Iranian authorities.

          7. wargame1 Avatar

            Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of Al Qaeda, has long maintained ties to Iran. Throughout the 1990s, as the leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Zawahiri was a frequent guest in Iran of Ali Fallahian, Iran’s then-Minister of Intelligence, and Ahmad Vahidi, then-head of the IRGC’s Quds Force. In 2003, The Washington Post reported on this “decade-old relationship” between Zawahiri and Vahidi, who had since become Iran’s Minister of Defense. Zawahiri’s relationship with Vahidi was reportedly instrumental in achieving safe harbor for Al Qaeda operatives seeking sanctuary from the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

          8. wargame1 Avatar

            Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Head of Al Qaeda in Iraq a monster created by Iran. Following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Iran provided safe haven to Al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who went on to establish Al Qaeda in Iraq. Zarqawi initially operated under the protection of the IRGC and its elite Quds Brigade. According to intelligence officials, the time Zarqawi spent in Iran was crucial for rebuilding his network before relocating to Iraq. Al-Zarqawi was killed in 2006 U.S. drone strike.

          9. wargame1 Avatar

            Saad Bin Laden (son of Osama) Senior Al Qaeda Operative, Terrorist Operations Planner lives in Iran. Under the auspices of the Quds Force, Osama’s son Saad reportedly fled to Iran to escape the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. In Iran, he assumed a more senior and active role in Al Qaeda, including planning terrorist operations abroad. As of 2008, the U.S. government believed Saad might have relocated to Pakistan with the assent of Iran. In 2010 Saad bin Laden reportedly traveled from Iran to Pakistan. In September 2012, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri confirmed in a videotape that Saad was killed in a drone strike.

          10. wargame1 Avatar

            Hamza bin Laden another Bin Laden’s Son, believed to be the next Al Qaeda leader lives in Iran. Hamza moved to Iran in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks where he spent roughly 10 years between 2001 and 2011. Hamza was sponsored by Tehran where his ideology was shaped by a special team of Taliban ideologues. In 2008, while living in Iran, Hamza appeared in a video tape calling for the destruction of “Britain and its allies”, also attacking the United States, France, and Demark. In 2010, news came out that Iran was indeed hosting Bin Laden’s family in a high end residency complex in Tehran, including Hamza bin Laden. His whereabouts since his reported release in 2011 are unknown.

          11. Niemals Avatar

            In May 2017 a video was released in which Hamza bin Laden calls on his folowers to attack Jews, Americans, Westerners and Russians, via lone wolf attacks using any means possible.

          12. wargame1 Avatar

            Yes I read about it. Hamza Bin Laden is under the protection of Iranian Ayatoilet. He is in Iran from where he plans terrorist attack and propaganda.

          13. wargame1 Avatar

            Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi (Deceased and was in Iran) Deputy to Muhsin al-Fadhl; Logistics for the Khorasan Group, an affiliate of al-Qaeda fighting in Syria. In 2013 the Department of Justice said that al-Harbi worked as a logistics person, facilitating “the travel of extremists to Afghanistan or Iraq via Iran on behalf of al-Qaeda and is believed to have sought funds to support al-Qaeda attacks.” Al Harbi joined Al Qaeda’s network in Iran in 2011. On April 17, 2015, he was reported to have been killed in fighting against Syrian forces while serving as a member of the Khorasan Group, an affiliate of al-Qaeda fighting in Syria.

          14. wargame1 Avatar

            Muhsin al-Fadhli (Deceased) Leader of Al Qaeda in Iran, head of the Khorasan Group in Syria
            Connection: Al-Fadhli is an Iran-based senior Al Qaeda facilitator and financier. Al-Fadhli began working with al-Qaeda’s Iran based facilitation network in 2009. In 2013 Al-Fadhli reportedly arrived in Syria where he became a leader of the Khorasan group, a cadre of Al Qaeda operatives who were sent to Syria to plot attacks against the West. Al-Fadhli was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria on July 8, 2015.

          15. wargame1 Avatar

            Al Qaeda Facilitator and Financier in Iran Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil lives in Iran!
            Connection: Khalil has lived and operated in Iran since 2005 under agreement between al-Qaeda and the Iranian government. In his role as Al Qaeda’s representative in Iran, Khalil works with the organization’s senior leaders to transfer money and recruits via Iranian territory to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The U.S. is offering up to a $10 million reward for information leading to Khalil—the first time such money is being offered for an Al Qaeda financier

          16. wargame1 Avatar

            Official Al Qaeda Spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith lived in Iran
            Connection: The notorious Kuwaiti preacher reportedly arrived in Iran in early 2002. In 2010, Iran reportedly allowed Abu Ghaith to return to Afghanistan in exchange for an Iranian diplomat who was kidnapped by the Taliban in Pakistan in 2008.

          17. wargame1 Avatar

            Deputy leader of Al Qaeda Abdullah Muhammad Rajab Abd al-Rahman (alias Ahmad Hasan Abu al-Khayr al-Masri and Abdul Khayr al-Masri) lived in Iran
            Connection: After the fall of Afghanistan in 2001, Abd al-Rahman fled to Iran. In 2015, Abu Khayr al-Masri was reportedly one of the five jihadists who were

          18. wargame1 Avatar

            You have the whole Al-Qaeda team living in Iran and causing terrirst attack all over the world. Its time to bomb Russia and Assad. The Saudis with their Arabs allies will do that just in time. Saudi Arabia stripped off the citizenship of Bin Laden and expelled out of Saudi Arabia because Bin Laden bombed Saudi installation several time and the mission of Al-Qaeda and ISIS is to overthrow all the Arab leaders. BUT Al-Qaeda and ISIS do not attack Iran. Do not fool yourself but you you love it then fine with me.

          19. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            you love to lie and deny and accusing me of being somebody else is not going to work.
            You are as much liar as Hind and Nassrallah and Assad. you are stupid idiot for following these terrorists. you are nothing but a low life scum and a traitor to your country I meant Syria cause you are from there aren’t you?

          20. Omega Avatar

            You most certainly can pretend not to be MekensehParty but you’re only fooling yourself.

          21. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            Are you Hind? you must be cause either she follows with another blogs or liking. so you have to be her.. and I would not be surprised.

          22. Omega Avatar

            Damn it; you got me again MekensehParty. I confess, I am Hind.

          23. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Many real Lebanese are not presently here.

          24. soojaw Avatar

            O, Barabie, Ohindega, metron, are the same person. BTW, Hind is not Lebanese, of course not a Semite, but a white # from Canada. Bet IT even lost track of those zillion fake usernames and alter egos IT created. IT is attention deprived, don’t give what IT seeks. IT lives by deception and deceit. IT fully knows the truth.

            Lot’s of commentators past and present had/have many fake usernames, IT is no exception.

            Pay attention to the style of writing of the afore mentioned avatars, IT self exposed itself. One can try hard but still can’t change the vocabulary and style of writing.

            IT is a paid persian troll, not a Christian or Lebanese but a

          25. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            soofunny haha..
            Registred 1 hour ago
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            soojaw Danny Farah 2 hours ago

            O, Barabie, Ohindega, metron, are the same person. BTW, Hind is not Lebanese, of course not a Semite, but a white # from Canada. Bet IT even lost track of those zillion fake usernames and alter egos IT

          26. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Malmequer (a Portuguese female ID you stole on Al Jazeera in 2010..demented Zionist IT followed me to Yalibnan cause my Discus wasn’t Private (disguised as Lebanese Christian, what else…
            Dany Nohra business profile, it’a rBrn in Lebanon”
            hhh.. lost 6 years of his stpid stalking me
            My mame is Hind Abyad since 2011..

        2. wargame1 Avatar

          Omega and Hind know the truth. Thats how they live by deceit and deception. Syrian conflict changed everything. This conflict will wipe out all the Iranian invading pigs in Lebanon Palestine Syria Iraq Yemen etc. Their goal is to revive their filthy Persian empire and they call it Shia Crescent. Shia crescent will be shoved up in their butt.

          1. Niemals Avatar

            What truth do Omega and Hind know?

          2. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            We know you, Alzheimer.. hahah

          3. Omega Avatar

            That your a dumb, lying, schizophrenic troll posting under several usernames: OhYeah, O’Matrix, Matrix, AnnoDazumal, etc.

          4. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            they know but they want to lie and live that lies. it’s no use trying to change these terrorists anyway. don’t sweat it brother.

          5. Omega Avatar

            Nothing like a Salafi telling another Salafi that Christians are terrorists.


          6. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            You are not a Christian and to date and your blogs proves otherwise. so yah you are a terrorist and I call it as see it.

          7. Omega Avatar

            Okay, you got me – I am not Christian. I am a Salafi Muslim from Tripoli. I stone cars that bear the Christian cross from time to time and eat bacon secretly (smoked is my favorite).

          8. Omega Avatar

            Talking about butt, yours seems inflamed.

          9. Ilami-Gilaki Avatar

            All those ‘countries’ are Iranian provinces. The only place you can have is the Empty Quarter.

        3. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Now i have pity i really think you’re mentaly retarded

    2. wargame1 Avatar

      In the past these savage helped America to overthrow the Afghan Taliban and now these savages are arming Taliban against American solders.

      1. Omega Avatar

        Your issue, as a Wahhabi/Salafi, is personal with the Shia. Take it to them.

        There are no friends in geo-politics; only interests. Why did the USA invade Afghanistan and Iraq when the (alledged) 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia? Are you aware of the elephant in the Afghani room – the opium? And of Israel in the Iraqi room?

        1. wargame1 Avatar

          There is no proof that the supposed hijackers were on board. 7 of them out of 19 were found alive. Many of them were Saudi National and they were based in Afghanistan. Iran sponsored them. After the US invasion in Afghanistan most of the Al-Qaeda members fled to Iran. So it was Iran who wanted to frame Saudi Arabia with 911. How come till todate the top Al-Qaeda leaders live in Iran? If you want Al-Qaeda be responsible for 911 then Iran is equally responsible as they harboring these terrorist. You are playing a dangerous game and it will back fire on you 100 fold in due time.

          1. man-o-war Avatar

            over 90% of suicide attacks committed around the world are done by Sunni Muslims.

            Are the Romans still gathering strength in Syria for the final battle to wipe out the Umma?

          2. Hannibal Avatar

            LOL the umma and the Romans LOL

          3. Omega Avatar

            Acccording to wargame1, those Sunni Muslim terrorists are Iran’s products.

          4. Omega Avatar

            Blaming 9/11 on Iran is laughable. Neither KSA nor Iran were invaded by the US for it. Did that ever ring a bell in your head?

          5. Barry Avatar

            Even better!
            Seven of them were found living as gay men in a luxury condo in Boca, where they were running a flower shop and bed-n-breakfast on the side. That explains a lot. Thanks!

        2. wargame1 Avatar

          Iran is Israeli bitch . Both of them work hand in hand.

          1. Omega Avatar

            To what end?

          2. Barry Avatar

            LOL. Dude, you rock! I love this!
            Next up: The Empire and Rebels work hand in hand.
            Death Star was an inside job!

          3. Ilami-Gilaki Avatar

            Iranians love Israel.

      2. Ilami-Gilaki Avatar

        The Iranians don’t like Moslems. We never did.

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