Pentagon: Review of Islamic State strategy could include call for new war authorization
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s 30-day review of operations against the Islamic State group will be delivered to the White House on Monday, but that does not mean major battlefield changes are imminent, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.
“This is the framework for a broader plan,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters at the Pentagon. “This is very broad. This is not just a simple thing that’s going to address … troop levels or new [combat] authorities.”
President Donald Trump on Jan. 28 ordered the Pentagon to initiate a comprehensive review of its strategies to counter the Islamic State group in its strongholds in Iraq and Syria and in other parts of the world where the terrorist organization operates. Top Pentagon officials have worked alongside other federal agencies responsible for national security to construct a “preliminary draft” of potential plans to ramp up the more than 2-year-old campaign against the Islamic State group, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday.
But the review focuses on more than just military action against the Islamic State group. Davis said it includes a review of diplomatic, cybersecurity and financial operations concerning the terrorist group. Dunford said it focuses not only on the Islamic State group but also on al-Qaida and other extremist organizations.
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