The top U.S. military commander in the fight against ISIS said airstrikes are working to erode the terror group’s capabilities and warned militants that the U.S. military is listening to them.
Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who heads the U.S. Central Command, made those remarks at an event Thursday with the Atlantic Council, which was moderated by CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.
|Army Gen. Lloyd Austin speaks with CNN's Jake Tapper.|
“I’m confident we’re having the desired effects,” Austin said of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq aimed at ISIS.
“What we want to do is take away the enemies’ ability to command and control, his ability to sustain himself, his ability to project combat power and his ability to move forces back and forth across the Iraq/Syria border.”
Austin said there is evidence that the U.S.-led coalition is gaining the upper hand against ISIS.
“They are afraid to congregate in any sizable formation. They know if we can see them, we’re going to engage them and we’re going to hit what we’re aiming at.”