“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.”
For people who don't understand the reality of fighting ISIS...It's true that innocents will die when trying to fight ISIS. Since ISIS is involved in mostly urban areas in Syria losing civilians is just something people are going to have to deal with if you want ISIS destroyed.
Good on Mattis for dropping this truth bomb, because almost every time US forces try to deal a blow to ISIS, the only thing most people and nations complain about are the civilian casualties. Before people get butt hurt over this fact you have to understand that ISIS hides among innocent civilians, and they will die in any anti ISIS operation...But the hard truth of this is when civilians do get killed in anti ISIS operations it's actually putting them out of their misery.