GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson this morning issued a seven-point plan to defeat ISIS — which he calls “Seven Steps to a Safer America” — calling for Congress to issue a formal declaration of war on the Islamic State.

“Our country faces grave national security threats,” the retired neurosurgeon said in a statement released this morning. “We must act boldly and decisively to protect American citizens from terrorists at home and abroad.

“We can no longer dawdle while ISIS continues to persecute Christians, enslave young girls, oppress civil societies and perpetrate terrorist attacks against the free world. We must destroy their caliphate and prevent their terrorists from infiltrating our homeland.”

The plan calls for the following actions to be taken:

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