Herndon, Oct 4: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday said that he has "very strong ideas" for defeating the Islamic State militant group and claimed that he has a "real" chance of winning against the terror outfit.
"I have a real chance of winning. I don't really want to tell you. I have very strong ideas and I'll be dealing with the people in this room and other folks that are, very good at this, but the last thing you want to do is give notice to the enemy," Trump told an election rally with army veterans here.
"When President (Barack) Obama announced that he was leaving Iraq, I mean, he was talking about dates and times and what we're going to do," he said, arguing that the US should never make its policy public.
"The enemy pulls back. We think we're doing well. Well, they pull back. They're not stupid. And then after we leave, you see what happened. So I just want to say that we are going to hit ISIS hard, and I mean really hard, but I do think this," he said.
He said that American public doesn't have to know details of the US's attack. "The American public doesn't have to know the date and hour and second that we're going to attack and from what side we're going to attack. We're going to attack from the eastern quadrant and it'll take place on a certain day, at a certain hour. They just want to see victory," he said.
"We don't have victory. We're dropping things all over the place. Who knows what they're hitting. Who knows how many people are being killed and who knows if they're the right people. But at some point, we have to stop a force that's going out and drowning people in steel cages and chopping off heads," he said.
Calling ISIS militants "barbaric people", Trump said "these people used to study medieval times, and you know, they chopped off heads. But until recently, this was a phenomena that you wouldn't see, the level of barbarism is unbelievable. So we're gonna stop them, we're gonna stop them cold. We're gonna stop them very powerfully".
"But I don't think all of us should be -- unless it's a very confined room, we shouldn't be giving up our plans and it bothers me every time I see where we're planning to attack this one, that one," he said.