WASHINGTON: Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has submitted to the White House a preliminary trans-regional plan that suggests deployment of all elements of US national power to defeat the ISIS terror group around the globe.
“The Department of Defence presented its preliminary plan to the White House today to defeat ISIS,” the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday.
“This plan has been delivered by Secretary Mattis, who is currently briefing the principals on the option presented today and seeking their input and feedback,” he said.
Part of the plan is to make sure that he fully discusses the recommendations that he is making and seek the input and feedback of the other principals. “That can help guide where we go from here, how we go,” he said in response to a question.
The Pentagon Press Secretary Capt Jeff Davis said the preliminary plan submitted by Mattis is trans-regional. “This is not just a military plan. It draws upon all elements of national power — diplomatic, financial, cyber, intelligence (and) public diplomacy, and it’s been drafted in close coordination with our inter agency partners,” Davis told reporters during an off-camera news conference. “This plan is truly trans-regional. This is not just about Iraq and Syria, it is about defeating ISIS around the globe and other trans-regional violent extremist organisations, such as Al-Qaida,” he said.