US Could Send 1000 More Soldiers in Islamic State Counteroffensive

Mar 13, 2017, 01:13
US Could Send 1000 More Soldiers in Islamic State Counteroffensive

But the spokeswoman's remarks are likely to anger Turkey, which has insisted that Syrian opposition fighters backed by Ankara should lead the offensive on Raqqa rather than the SDF, which is dominated by the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG.

The defence officials told the Washington Post that the Marines were from the San Diego-based 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and that they had flown to northern Syria via Djibouti and Kuwait.

A Syrian activist and political commentator believes the United Nations has always ignored Syria's complaints about Turkey's violation of its sovereignty, adding that it has also done nothing about the presence of U.S. troops in the war-torn country. Turkey has made it clear it prefers the usa used Syrian rebel forces it has trained. "We don't really recognize the legitimacy of Bash al-Assad's government, but you were saying that the global legal justification for American military action in a country that hasn't asked us is the fact that we're engaged in a military action in country next door that has asked us?"

That's a big change from the "train, advise and assist" role US forces have been playing so far - although as with many previous troop deployments to Iraq and Syria, it was not debated, let alone authorized, by Congress. On that question the Pentagon has remained mum, as has the USA administration. It was not part of Donald Trump's promised revamped plan to defeat ISIS. They share a common interest with the people of Syria and Iraq in ending this war, for it only benefits the forces of imperialism and their lapdogs in Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. "The current focus is Raqqa", said Pentagon spokesman Col. John Thomas.

The Syrian civil war, which began with protests against President Bashar al-Assad, has cost an estimated 400,000 lives since 2011, CNN has reported. This week's deployment is just the latest commitment to that aim. They have lost many of their combat capabilities.

Aside from ISIS, there are now three major local powers operating in the northern stretch of the country.

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More American troops were needed to break the stalemate between the Afghan government and the Taliban, he explained.

He added that the USA forces "are our partners within the anti-terror coalition and they have been with us in all of our operations". A top USA commander last week also delivered a robust defence of the YPG, saying he had seen no evidence linking them to attacks on Turkey and signalling some role for them in the final push for Raqqa - a predominantly Arab city.

Islamic State is also being fought in Syria by the Russian-backed Syrian military, and by Syrian rebel groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner with Turkish backing in northern Syria and Jordanian backing in southern Syria.

The SDF, which includes Arab groups allied to the YPG, says it ruled out any Turkish role during meetings with American officials last month.

Rudskoi says the Syrian forces also reached the banks of the Euphrates River east of the town of Khafseh and now control a stretch of 15 kilometers, or 9 miles, along the river. "We expect they will fortify the city and the terrorist group will depend on street warfare", Ahmed said. But as the situation along the border shows, defeating ISIS is only part of the problem.