Barack Obama is considering recommendations on sending troops to Syria


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
27th October, 2015



President Barack Obama is considering the recommendations of his advisers on national security to intensify military operations in Syria and Iraq, the implementation of which are very close to the areas of US troops fighting in these countries. This was reported on Monday, via the Washington Post.

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These recommendations, presented by Obama’s senior advisers, indicate the strengthening of the White House dissatisfaction with the lack of real progress in the ongoing US military campaign against the group “Islamic State” (IS). The WP reflects on the position of the Pentagon, whose leadership is “in favour of the expansion of US military involvement in the protracted conflicts” in Syria and Iraq.

“Discussion of the proposed measures, which, if implemented, for the first time will allow the placement of a limited number of US special forces in Syria and the deployment of US military advisers to the line of fighting in Iraq, conducted against the backdrop of urgent appeals by Minister of Defense Ashton Carter, to bring new options for large-scale US military involvement in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan – says the publication.  “These changes would be a demonstration of a significant increase in the role of the US in Iraq and Syria. “

These proposals, the publication noted, require the approval of Obama, who can take appropriate action this week. Sources of the newspaper did not specify what resources may be required for the implementation of these recommendations, but it is expected that they will need a large amount.

The Washington Post also stressed that among the possible options for enhancing the actions of the US against the IS , proposals for the establishment of no-fly zones and so-called buffer zones in Syria were presented, but they face some opposition as he does not have the support of one of his closest advisers: “because their implementation would require the dispatch of tens of thousands of troops.”

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