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Trump Ordered Changes to 'Annihilate' Islamic State, Mattis Says

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Residents flee their neighborhood as Iraqi forces continue their military offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State on May 19, 2017.

Residents flee their neighborhood as Iraqi forces continue their military offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State on May 19, 2017.

Photographer: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

President Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. to ramp up its campaign against Islamic State with an “annihilation” campaign to surround and kill terrorists rather than chasing them out of territory in Iraq and Syria, his defense chief said.

“We’ve accelerated the campaign,” Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters Friday at the Pentagon.