Washington Times: Mattis: U.S. in new era of protracted, small wars with extremists
The U.S. and its allies are facing a new “era” in global conflict defined by protracted, small wars with extremist militant groups, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Sunday.
With the Islamic State is on the verge of territorial defeat in Iraq and Syria, smaller terror cells can be expected to big up group’s ideological banners and continue the fight in “frequent skirmishes” with the U.S. and Western forces, Mr. Mattis said during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“This is going to be a long fight … We will do it by with, and through other nations. We will do it through developing their capabilities to do a lot of the fighting. We will help them with intelligence. Certainly, we can help train them for what they face,” Mr. Mattis said.
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WNU Editor: The above video is the commencement speech that U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis gave at West Point a few days ago.