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Pentagon Might Propose Sending Ground Troops To Syria

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:16pm

Pentagon Might Propose Sending Ground Troops To Syria by Barbara Starr, CNN

The Defense Department might propose that the US send conventional ground combat forces into northern Syria for the first time to speed up the fight against ISIS, CNN has learned.

"It's possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time," one defense official told CNN.

But the official emphasized that any decision is ultimately up to President Donald Trump, who has ordered his defense secretary to come up with a proposal to combat ISIS before the end of the month.

The move would significantly alter US military operations in Syria if approved and could put troops on the ground within weeks.

Until now, only small teams made up largely of Special Operations forces have operated in Syria, providing training and assistance to anti-ISIS opposition groups on the ground.

Conventional units operate in larger numbers and would require a more significant footprint of security protection both on the ground and in the air.

US officials are characterizing the concept of deploying ground troops as a point of discussion, stopping short of saying it's a formal proposal.

What their exact mission would be is not yet clear, but one goal of their presence would be to help reassure Turkey that Kurdish forces are not posing a threat to Ankara's interests. It's possible some troops would deploy first to Kuwait and then move into Syria…

Read on.


Outlaw 09

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:49am

Pentagon picks out former Tabqa airbase near Raqqa for possible main base of US ground troops in Syria?

Outlaw 09

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 12:54am

In reply to by Bill C.

Remember Trump was supposedly against the US war in Iraq...


Strategically, the insurgents' aim must be to provoke the external power into escalating its forces on the ground.


(Page 185. See the second full paragraph.)

Thus, whether we are talking about:

a. Sending more troops to Syria re: ISIS,

b. Sending more troops to Afghanistan re: the Taliban, AQ, etc.,

c. Sending more troops to the Middle East re: Iran,

d. Sending more troops to Europe re: Russia,

e. Sending more troops to S. Korea re: N. Korea,

f. And/or sending more troops to the Pacific re: China.

Herein, to consider that, in all such instances, we are playing directly into our enemies hand(s)?

Thus, shall we properly consider as "insurgents" (as per the world order that the U.S./the West has, with its allies, established and maintained) all of the above, to wit ISIS, the Taliban, AQ, Iran, Russia, N. Korea, China, etc., etc., etc.?

All of whom it appears now are working together or separately -- and re: combined or separate "political attrition" strategy(ies) -- to cause the U.S./the West to "go home?"

Thus, a "political attrition" effort writ so large as to be compared with that which existed in earlier "decolonization" times, and/or as per the demise of the former Soviet Union?

This being, indeed, the logical, but somewhat delayed, consequence of the end of the Old Cold War; this, given that the desired alternative, "westernization," appears to have failed?

(Thus, the "insurgents" to present such stress to the U.S./the West, and its alliances, as to cause these entities to do a "Weexit" [a Western exit] from much of the world stage?)