Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got straight to the point when recently asked how the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was going.
“We’re winning. They’re losing,” Mattis told reporters last week after he and other U.S. officials gave a classified briefing about progress against ISIS.
Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Brett McGurk, the top U.S. envoy to the global anti-ISIS coalition, were in Capitol Hill last week.
Dunford said progress has been made on the ground against ISIS.
“If you look at where we were 24 months ago, you can look at the territory that [ISIS] held, you can look at the resources that they had available, you could look at the potential for them to conduct external operations, and in all those areas we’ve made great progress,” Dunford told Sinclair Broadcast Group, according to a report.
While McGurk acknowledged progress, he also pointed out that there is a long way to go.
“We’re making progress, but we’ve got a long way to go,” McGurk told Sinclair, according to the report, adding that there are “no timelines” for ultimately defeating ISIS – “We don’t have any timelines on anything.”