For eight years under Barack Obama, ISIS rose in strength and carried out terrorist attacks across the world.

Donald Trump campaigned on ending ISIS’ reign of terror forever.

And General “Mad Dog” Mattis just made an announcement which may signal the end of the terrorist group.

During the campaign, Trump promised that his generals would develop a plan to wipe out ISIS.

Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis announced two major policy changes which he described as an “annihilation” strategy.

Breitbart reports:

“Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday provided an update on the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, including on two significant changes President Trump has authorized that will accelerate progress and defeat the terrorist group.

First, James Mattis said, Trump has authorized him to delegate more decision-making authority down to U.S. commanders who are on the ground with Iraqi and Syrian partners fighting ISIS, to speed up the program.

“No longer will we have slowed decision cycles because Washington D.C. has to authorize tactical movements on the ground. I have absolute confidence as does the president, our commander in chief, in the commanders on the ground,” Mattis said.

Secondly, he said that Trump has also approved a tactical shift from pushing ISIS fighters out from a stronghold to enabling local partners to completely encircle them and move in, referring to it as an “annihilation” campaign.

“The intent is to prevent the return home of escaped foreign fighters,” he said.”

Killing foreign fighters before they can return home is crucial in the fight against ISIS.

Jihadists who travel to Syria to fight can return back to their native countries and carry out terrorist attacks there.

Trump’s new plan aims to put a stop to that.

Breitbart also reports:

“Mattis emphasized that there has been no change to the rules of engagement concerning the use of force or in avoiding civilian casualties. However, he acknowledged the tactical shift also meant needing to go into populated areas to fight ISIS and ISIS refusing to let civilians leave and perhaps using them as human shields.

But he also said the strategy would prevent ISIS foreign fighters from returning home and carrying out attacks on the U.S. and its allies.

“The foreign fighters are the strategic threat should they return home to Tunis, to Kuala Lumpur, to Paris, to Detroit, wherever. Those foreign fighters are a threat. So by taking the time to deconflict, to surround and then attack, we carry out the annihilation campaign so we don’t simply transplant this problem from one location to another.”

In the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester – and ISIS celebrating the slaughter of young girls – it’s more vital than ever that America takes up the fight against ISIS and ends this evil group once and for all.

Trump promised a plan that would achieve victory in this struggle.

His plan is showing progress.

Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Marine General Joseph Dunford said that 1,500 foreign fighters used to enter Iraq and Syria every month.

It is now down to 100.

And the battle for Mosul in Iraq is moving in America’s favor.

Breitbart also reports:

“Mattis, along with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford and the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk also briefed the press on progress in the campaign made so far.

East Mosul — which was held by ISIS until last year — is returning to normal, with businesses reopening and kids back in school, Mattis said.

West Mosul is surrounded, as is the city of Tal Afar, he said, naming Ninewa, Hawija, and the western Euphrates River Valley as next targets in Iraq.

In Syria, he said, a local force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces — consisting of Syrian Kurds and an Arab contingent — recently seized Manbij, have retaken the strategic city of Tabqa, and are “currently attacking with great success” to isolate ISIS’s stronghold in Raqqa.

“We have retaken over 55 percent of ISIS territory there in the core. Over four million people have been liberated. And not one inch of territory seized from ISIS has been recaptured [by] them,” Mattis said

“Our partnered approach has brought significant progress,” Dunford said.

“We reduced ISIS-held territory, limited their freedom of movement, destroyed a great deal of their leadership, reduced the flow of foreign fighters into and from the region, diminished their financial resources and, I think, perhaps most importantly, we’ve undermined the credibility of their narrative that there’s a physical caliphate in Iraq and Syria.”

We will keep you up to date on any new developments in the war against ISIS.