'Mad Dog' Mattis: Civilian casualties 'fact of life' amid US tactics of 'ISIS annihilation'
Civilian casualties in the war against terrorism is a "fact of life," US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said, insisting the US are the "good guys" doing everything "humanly possible" to annihilate ISIS with minimal collateral damage.
The US's highest military official made the comments during a CBS Face the Nation program, where he spoke about "accelerating the tempo" of the anti-terrorist campaign and using "annihilation tactics" against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
"We have already shifted from attrition tactics, where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria, to annihilation tactics where we surround them. Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home," Mattis outlined.
"What about civilian casualties as a result of this faster tempo?" program host, John Dickerson asked.
"Civilian casualties are a fact of life in this sort of situation," Mattis replied. He however insisted that the US military tries to "avoid civilian casualties at all costs," doing "everything humanly possible consistent with military necessity."
Comment: The US method is very questionable since bombing 2 ISIS fighters in a building full of civilians is not considered avoiding "civilian casualties at all costs." Iraqi official calls on Washington to compensate for US-led airstrike that killed over 100 civilians
It is a terrible "fact of life" for these people given they were invaded for no reason at all in the first place and now must endure this continuing onslaught from ISIS and the US.
Source: 'Mad Dog' Mattis: Civilian casualties 'fact of life' amid US tactics of 'ISIS annihilation'