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Former Green Beret speaks in Boardman about defeating ISIS

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A former Green Beret officer and counterterrorism expert made a stop in Boardman on Thursday as a part of a national speaking tour about a plan to defeat ISIS and how people can keep America safe.

Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann is a retired Green Beret Officer with 22 years of Army special operations experience around the world. He talked about his experience in the Middle East with an audience and shared his insights that were featured in his book, Game Changers, to defeat Islamist violent extremists.

When Mann was on deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq he was heavily armed, but he was also equipped with the ability to share the American perspective with local people.

The objective was to recruit Afghans and Iraqis as active opponents to the Taliban, Al Qaeda and other violent Islamic groups.

Mann says we can save lives and end the longest war in American history if American leaders can adopt the idea that conflict can be settled with skillful, targeted relationship building.

He advised that the threat of ISIS is already in the United States, but everyday people can protect our homeland.

“Every American has to decide how they want to defend themselves and their family and we've got constitution rights that let us do that, however, what I would say to folks, if you see something suspicions or something doesn't look right, you know what doesn't look right in your community, say something to a law enforcement officer, don't worry about being labeled,” says Mann.

Mann says he's seen several situations that could have been avoided by someone speaking up.

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