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Mattis: Resurgence Of ISIS ‘A Given’ After Withdrawal Of US Troops

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Mary Margaret Olohan Social Issues Reporter

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis warned that it is “a given” the Islamic State will resurge after U.S. troops withdraw from Syria.

Mattis’s comment came amid reports of the Trump administration withdrawing troops from northern Syria.

“We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don’t recover,” Mattis told NBC’s Chuck Todd.

He then made a reference to former President Barack Obama’s military dealings with Iraq. (RELATED: Here’s What Republicans Are Saying About Trump’s Decision To Pull Troops From Syria)

“We may want a war over, we may even declare it over. You can pull your troops out, as President Obama learned the hard way out of Iraq, but the ‘enemy gets the vote,’ we say in the military. And in this case, if we don’t keep the pressure on, then ISIS will resurge,” Mattis added. “It’s absolutely a given that they will come back.”

Mattis announced his resignation Dec. 20, 2018. The former defense secretary’s resignation letter revealed he and Trump did not see eye to eye on foreign policy, including the withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan. (RELATED: Trump Forces Mattis Out Two Months Ahead Of Schedule)

“[Y]ou have the right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects,” Mattis wrote the president.

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