The Pentagon is said to be considering bringing US troops in Syria due to the Trump’s administration new anti ISIS plan which will be announced next week.
Even if defense secretary James Mad Dog Mattis has not yet finalized his recommendations regarding the war against ISIS, he’ll do it most probably by the end of the month.
However, Gen. Joseph Votel who is the Central Command chief appears to be pretty convinced that he’d like additional troops under his command in Syria, and that would translate into a significant increase of US military numbers in Syria.
According to various reports out of the Pentagon, citing comments of Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Trump urged military leaders to create a strategy to fight ISIS in thirty days tops, and since they’re almost up, next week we’ll know for sure if the choices presented to the President will include an increase in conventional ground troops in Syria or not.
Currently, there are approximately 500 US Special Ops troops involved in Syria, working closely with Arab and Kurdish forces to defeat ISIS’s stronghold of Raqqa.
Most probably, the generals will suggest President Trump an accelerated military campaign in Syria for defeating ISIS and that will require a large deployment of US troops. The war against ISIS will also include a significant increase in US armaments shipments to the Kurdish rebels, a move which will definitely worry Turkey.
Gen. Votel is in favor of this idea, but it’s also possible for the US to supply another rebel faction fighting in Syria for propping up the attacks against ISIS.
Gen. Dunford said that a successful plan for defeating ISIS would require to, let me quote:
“cut the connective tissue between regional groups that now form a trans-regional threat … and then working in combination with local and coalition forces to drive the threat down to the level where local law enforcement can deal with that threat,”
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