James Mattis, the newly appointed Secretary of Defense marked his first full day at the Pentagon by supervising 31 strikes against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
On Saturday, Mattis arrived at the Pentagon with a smile for his initial full day of work, and for good reason, in view of the substantial bombardment ISIS forces received.
An assortment of bombers, fighters, and remotely piloted aircraft participated in the bombing run, which saw 25 strikes in Syria and six in Iraq. Two strikes smashed ISIS elements and artillery close to the town of Bab in Syria. In Raqqa, the terrorist group’s effective capital, ISIS forces took a heavy beating, as 22 strikes demolished 12 tactical units, nine fighting positions, two underground improvised explosive bomb factories and an ISIS headquarters. The final strike battered two ISIS oil wells in Deir ez Zour.