It's time for America to get aggressive with ISIS, retired Adm. James Stavridis, former NATO supreme allied commander and current Hillary Clinton advisor, said Tuesday.
- The first step is to occupy the city of Mosul, Iraq, which has been a center of ISIS activity and resources since 2014.
- Next up is to "amp up the bombing campaign in Raqqa [in Syria]," the group's headquarters, the admiral said, in an effort to weaken ISIS' military epicenter.
- Step three is to apply financial pressure, in turn reducing ISIS' ability to get the resources it requires.
- And finally, step four: "Gradually closing the noose around Raqqa" using U.S. special forces and troops from Mideast allies serving under a unified leadership, Stavridis said.
The plan would require somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 U.S. boots on the ground. "Not an insignificant number," he admitted, compared to the 5,000 American soldiers who are in the war-torn area today.