President Donald Trump demonstrated on Thursday that he is committed to destroying ISIS once and for all.
He officially provided Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis with permission to use the full extent of the American military to accomplish the task.
Trump’s latest move is part of his plan to shift responsibility and power to the American military, and out of the White House bureaucracy.
“The decision will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to send more forces into Syria, to assist U.S.-backed local troops as they move to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group, which has used the city as a de facto capital,” The AP reported. “It will also let him adjust the force numbers in Iraq, in the ongoing fight to oust ISIS from Mosul and stabilize it as the rebuilding begins.”
Pentagon spokesman Dana White said Mattis has yet to use his new authority to make any major changes to U.S. troop levels.
“Restoring FML (Force Management Level) decisions to the secretary of defense enables military commanders to be more agile, adaptive and efficient in supporting our partners, and enables decisions that benefit unit readiness, cohesion and lethality,” White told BuzzFeed News.
Trump also announced that he would no longer make troop levels public, something that former President Barack Obama frequently did.
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