Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford stated, “We have not contained ISIL currently.”
His answer to a question by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., runs contrary to what Pres. Obama said last month in an interview with ABC News the day before the Nov. 13 Paris attacks.
“I don’t think they’re gaining strength. What is true is that from the start our goal has been first to contain, and we have contained them,” Obama told George Stephanopoulos. “They have not gained ground in Iraq. And in Syria, they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systematic march by ISIL across the terrain.”
The White House’s Ben Rhodes–deputy national security adviser for strategic communication–clarified that the president meant that ISIS had been contained from geographic expansion. “They had been on the march in both Iraq and Syria for some time but starting a year ago, we were able to halt that expansion,” Rhodes said according to Fox News.
Forbes asked Dundford if ISIS has been contained at any time since 2010. The general responded that the terrorist organization has been “tactically” contained in areas in which they have operated since 2010, but added, “Strategically they have spread since 2010.” (Read more from “Top U.S. Military Officer Just Broke Ranks to Expose Obama in a Huge Way” HERE)