Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has presented a comprehensive report to President Trump and received two immediate orders.
In a press conference, Mattis stated that after reviewing his report, President Trump "then ordered an accelerated operation against ISIS."
First, "He delegated authority to the right level to aggressively and in a timely manner to move against enemy vulnerabilities."
Second, "He directed a tactical shift from shoving ISIS out of seized locations in an attrition fight, to surrounding the enemy in their strongholds so we can annihilate ISIS. The intent is to prevent the return home of escaped foreign fighters."
Mattis emphasized, "There has been no change in our rules of engagement." and "We continue all possible efforts to protect the innocent."