Speaking at a military conference in Maryland, Tuesday Gen. Raymond Thomas U.S. Special Operations Command chief told attendees: “I think we are staying focused” on the task at hand, when he was asked if the surprise resignation of the National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has created any confusion or concern within the command.
He also added that the US and its allies had eliminated more than 60,000 ISIS fighters.
“We have killed over 60,000,” he said characteristically.
Asked by military.com if the raid in Yemen on Jan. 19 where the U.S. forces suffered a combat casualty with the death of Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens was hastily planned he responded that those accusations are “absolutely incorrect.”
“I don’t think that there’s awareness in the great American public that we’re a country at war, that ISIL and al-Qaida are in countless countries,” he said, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “That an operation like Yemen is what goes on any given night out there. And unfortunately it wasn’t in that context.”
However, Gen. Thomas did note that Mr. Flynn’s abrupt departure was indicative of the underlying commotion that White House has been in recent weeks.
“Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil. I hope they sort it out soon because we’re a nation at war.”
Thomas oversees America’s elite Special Operations troops, including Special Mission Units, Army Green Berets, and Navy SEALs which have played a huge role in combating the terror organization, with raids against key leaders.