Trump Orders Pentagon to Send Plan to Defeat Daesh Within 30 Days

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"They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS".

Mr. Trump vowed to defeat ISIS during the campaign.

The memorandum orders the Pentagon, the intelligence community, and key Cabinet agencies to develop a comprehensive plan to defeat the extremist group. including reviewing the existing rules of engagement, developing public diplomacy and digital strategies to combat and discredit the group online, identifying new coalition partners, determining how to cut off the group's funding, and paying for the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State.

While officials were consistently insisting the war was going well under President Obama, Trump is said to want much quicker results in the fight against ISIS, which is nearly certain to mean a transition away from the Obama-era tactic of escalations of a few hundred troops at a time, which mostly avoided public debate over the size of the ground force.

After his predecessor Barack Obama took a longer term view of the anti-ISIS fight, with a more cautious commitment of U.S. forces, "President Trump might be looking for something with quicker results, that could put some more options on the table", retired general David Barno told National Public Radio Friday.

"We do not now want to do anything now. but we are studying all our choices".

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How that plan will differ from what the USA military is doing now to combat the Islamic State remains to be seen.

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Mattis said he believed the United States already had a strategy that would allow the American military to regain control of Raqqa. By its radical Islamic ideology, ISIS also attempting to create its own state, which it claims as a "caliphate". The plan makes good on a key campaign pledge of Trump, who mocked and criticized the slow pace of his predecessor Barack Obama's progress in the fight against the extremist fighters.

Yet, many in the U.S. military are wary of Russia's role in Syria, with Moscow seen as seeking first and foremost to support and defend President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Late Friday, Trump also ordered the military to what he called a "a great rebuilding" of the military, including planes and ships.

"I do think the Pentagon will argue for, and get a lot more authority, to put advisers and special operators closer into the fight", Barno said.

Other executive actions that the president could sign as soon as Saturday included a reorganization of the National Security Council, a five-year lobbying ban on administration officials and a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying for foreign a foreign country.

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