One of the most popular picks Donald Trump made for his cabinet was the appointment of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to head the Pentagon, and the new Secretary of Defense is already having an impact.
On his first day on the job, General Mattis ordered 31 military strikes against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, reaffirming President Trump’s commitment that America would destroy the terrorist group.
From The Daily Caller:
A variety of fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft engaged in the bombing run, which saw 25 strikes in Syria and six in Iraq. In Syria, two strikes destroyed ISIS units and artillery near the town of Bab. ISIS forces in Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital, took a heavy beating, as 22 strikes destroyed 12 tactical units, nine fighting positions, two underground improvised explosive bomb factories and an ISIS headquarters. The final strike targeted two ISIS oil wells in Deir ez Zour.
ISIS forces in Iraq suffered several casualties as well. One strike in the city of Rutbah destroyed a tactical unit and vehicle, two weapons caches and a mortar. Another in Beiji left a unit and vehicle destroyed. A strike in Kisik destroyed a building and tactical unit. Another in Tal Afar also destroyed a unit, truck and command node. The city of Mosul, which acts as the terrorist group’s regional capital in Iraq, received two strikes, which destroyed two units, three fighting positions, a tank, and a car bomb factory.
Throughout the 2016 campaign, President Trump slammed former President Obama and his administration for dropping the ball in the battle against ISIS. Trump said that American inaction under Obama lead to the rise of ISIS, a fact that the left refused to admit for months.
General Mattis’ new role already has Twitter abuzz:
ISIS has posed a threat to Western civilization for years, attacking Christians and inspiring multiple terrorist attacks on American soil, and President Trump has promised to wipe them out for good.
General Mattis has been praised for knowing the pulse of America’s military and has the respect of our armed forces. The strike on ISIS over the weekend demonstrates that the Trump administration is not taking ISIS lightly, a much-needed change in American foreign policy.