Pentagon To Recommend US Deploy Ground Troops in Syria?

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Countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will meet on Friday for the first time since Donald Trump’s U.S. administration took office.

The U.S. Defense Department may recommend that the United States deploy regular combat troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group militants, CNN reported on Wednesday.

The idea is one of several ideas the Pentagon is considering after President Donald Trump gave defense officials until the end of the month to come up with proposals to speed up the war against the Islamic State group.

A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the United States already had a small number of special operation troops in Syria. The official added that the review was still underway and no options had been presented to Trump.

“It’s way, way speculative,” the official said of the report.

Countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will meet on Friday for the first time since Donald Trump’s U.S. administration took office, to seek common ground ahead of U.N.-backed peace talks in Geneva next week.

The talks on the sidelines of a G20 foreign ministers meeting come as Assad, backed by Russia and Iran, is in his strongest position since the early days of the war, and as Trump’s policy on Syria remains unclear.

Via TeleSur

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3 Responses

  1. NR

    Heard it on the news! 😱 Would require cooperation with #Russia, apparently..

  2. I spend some time around US military folks in the region around Syria. 2 days ago one soldier told me that her Cav unit has already moved from an airbase in Iraq to an airbase in Syria. I don’t believe her, because that would go far beyond what has been publicly disclosed, but who am I to say ?
    There are over a dozen US military stations (as in, “Posts, Camps and Stations”) within 20 miles of the Syrian border. They are manned and operational. They could support an invasion within weeks, not months.
    .
    I ask a personal favor of everyone who visits this site:
    please do not refer to this as a “deployment.”
    At my day job in the theater, I work elbow to elbow with deployed military people. Deployment is not an act of war, usually.
    Rather, please refer to this by it’s proper name, “invasion.”
    It may be justified; it may be legal. not for me to say. It’s still invading.
    And please call the locals who attack our troops by their proper name, “Resistance,” and not as “terrorists.”
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