U.S. Special Operations Forces To Invade Syria:
By Richard Engel, Kristen Welker and Cassandra Vinograd
October 30, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "NBC"
- The U.S. will send a small number of U.S. special operations
forces into Syria as part of a shift in its strategy against ISIS,
officials said Friday.
A senior administration official confirmed that
President Barack Obama has authorized a contingent of less than 50
special operations forces to deploy into northern Syria.
"We have been focused on intensifying elements of
our strategy that have been working, while also moving away from
elements of our approach that have proven less effective," the
The White House was expected to announce the
decision later Friday.
The move will be described as a "shift" but not a
"change" in U.S. strategy against ISIS, another senior U.S. official
told NBC News. The official said the special operations forces will
be stationed in northern Syria and work alongside groups with a
"proven track record" of fighting ISIS.
That could include working with Kurdish and allied
actors who have come together under the umbrella of the "Syrian
Democratic Forces," the official said, speaking on condition of
anonymity because the announcement was not yet public.
Rep. Mac Thornberry, chair of the House Armed
Services Committee, said the expected announcement made clear the
White House was feeling the pressure of a "failed policy" against
"I'm concerned that the administration is trying
to put in place limited measures — too late — that are not going to
make a difference," he told NBC News. "I don't see a strategy
towards accomplishing a goal, I see an effort to run out the clock
Obama and his administration have come under
mounting pressure amid signs the anti-ISIS coalition has stalled or
at least failed to turn the tide against the militants — including
the recent Pentagon decision to abandon a failed program to train
and equip Syrian rebels.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned earlier this
week that to expect more such raids when he told the Senate Armed
Services Committee that the Pentagon would be stepping up attacks
against ISIS — including through "direct action on the ground" in
Iraq and Syria.
Carter's remarks — in testimony to the Senate
Armed Services Committee — immediately raised eyebrows given
repeated assurances from President Barack Obama that U.S. troops in
the region would not engage in combat.
The defense secretary himself referred to the
aforementioned raid as "combat," where "things are complicated" in
his comments to the committee.
The U.S. currently has around 3,300 troops in Iraq
to train and advise Iraqi forces and protect U.S. facilities.
In addition to the announcement about sending
Special Operations Forces into Syria, the White House will announce
it will send more fighter jets to Turkey for intensified bombing
runs on ISIS from a NATO airbase there.
Obama in 2013: ‘I Will Not Put American Boots on the Ground in
By Alex Griswold
October 30, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "Mediate"
- During a September 10, 2013 speech announcing the beginning of
U.S. military action in Syria, President Barack Obama promised that
he would not put American boots on the ground in Syria.
Many of you have asked, won’t this put us on a slippery slope
to another war? One man wrote to me that we are “still
recovering from our involvement in Iraq.” A veteran put it more
bluntly: “This nation is sick and tired of war.”
My answer is simple: I will not put American boots on the
ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open-ended action like
Iraq or Afghanistan. I will not pursue a prolonged air campaign
like Libya or Kosovo. This would be a targeted strike to achieve
a clear objective: deterring the use of chemical weapons, and
degrading Assad’s capabilities.
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