Alahednews
english.alahednews.com.lb
Al-Ahed Telegram
’Israel’ Has Secret Contacts with Saudi Arabia, Senior Minister Reveals Zimbabwe: Mugabe Refuses to Resign Presidency, Keeps Country Waiting Zarif: Riyadh Fuels Terrorists, Wages War Syria: Albukamal, Daesh’s Last Stronghold, Fully Liberated «Israel» Is Nervous About the Syria Ceasefire Deal Saudi Deal for Detainees: Swap Assets for Freedom Father Rescues Lost Son from Human Traffickers Nine Months Later Yemen, A Humanitarian Crisis Being Ignored By Western Media Germany Bans Children’s Smartwatches over Spying Concerns Velayati: Who Is Macron to Interfere in Iran’s Internal Affairs? Sayyed #Nasrallah to Discuss Latest Developments tonight at 18:00 #Beirut Time #Tibet Earthquake: 6.3 Magnitude Tremors Shake Northeast Of Country PM #SaadHariri Arrives At #Elysee Palace to Meet President #Macron #Hariri Tells President Michel #Aoun he will be in #Lebanon by Wednesday #Hariri Traveled to #France with His Wife and Son, Another Son & Daughter Remained in #SaudiArabia #Lebanese PM #Hariri Arrives at His House in #Paris Coming from #SaudiArabia Bassil: #Lebanon has paid a lot to establish diplomatic relations with Syria and we will not cancel them Basil: There is an attempt to create chaos in the region and what #Lebanon is exposed to forms a proof on that Bassil: #Lebanon has enough ability to respond if we are put in the position of self-defense Lebanese FM from #Moscow: There are Lebanese personalities involved in what happened with Hariri, this will be revealed in the future
Guestbook mailinglist.php arabic site french site spanish site facebook twitter rss page
News Categories » NEWS » Middle East » Syria

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size  Print Page
Pentagon Considering Sending Ground Troops to Syria
Local Editor

The US War Department might propose that the US send conventional ground combat forces into northern Syria for the first time to speed up the fight against Daesh [the Arabic acronym for the terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL' group], the CNN reported.

Pentagon Considering Sending Ground Troops to Syria

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

But the official emphasized that any decision is ultimately up to President Donald Trump, who has ordered his war secretary to come up with a proposal to combat Daesh 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-Daesh 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.

Relatively, the Obama administration never embraced the idea of ground combat troops because of the inherent risks involved. If the idea is approved, it would signal a fundamental change in the Trump administration's willingness to accept such risk.

For one thing, it would be a sign of an increased willingness by War Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford to accept more risk for US troops in hope of gaining ground on Daesh.

At his confirmation hearing, Mattis was not asked about putting more troops into Syria, but he did explain how he would seek to change US military efforts in Iraq and Syria from Obama administration.

"I think it's getting there as rapidly as possible, where it would be a more accelerated campaign," Mattis said.

Source: CNN, Edited by website team

 

17-02-2017 | 09:55


Name
E-Mail
Comment Title
Comment
Human Verification


News Coverage

Related News

Search
To Top