There are reports that ISIS’s putative caliph, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is pining for the fjords.
The Pentagon is treating the reports as unconfirmed.
But that’s not stopping Mattis’s Pentagon from talking some grim, pointed smack with the story:
A spokesman for the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition told CBS News in an emailed statement that, “we cannot confirm this report, but hope it is true. We strongly advise ISIS to implement a strong line of succession, it will be needed.”