The U.S. military is considering a deployment of up to 1,000 additional troops into northern Syria to assist in the looming offensive to retake the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, defense officials told the Washington Post on Wednesday.
The Islamic Caliphate announced in 2014 by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of ISIS, is approaching the end of its short and terrible life. Iraqi forces, supported by Americans, have reclaimed the eastern half of Mosul and are retaking the western one. Kurdish militias in Syria, also backed by the United States, are homing in on the ISIS capital of Raqqa. Word came this week that a contingent of Marines has been deployed in Syria to position heavy artillery for the fight ahead. “We expect that within a few weeks there will be a siege of the city,” a militia spokesman tells Reuters.
The White House is considering granting the Pentagon more authority to launch time-sensitive anti-terrorism operations, which would give Defense Secretary James Mattis a freer hand to authorize raids against the Islamic State.
The U.S. Air Force plans to deploy its F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jets to battle the Islamic State in the Middle East within the next few years to give the American-led coalition a new edge over the terrorist group.
The Pentagon may recommend that President Donald Trump deploy combat troops into Syria for the first time to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State, CNN reported on Wednesday.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad brushed aside new evidence of mass hangings at a military prison north of Damascus as the result of a “fake news era.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) may be in more trouble after he secret trip last month to Syria, where she met with President Bashar al-Assad.
President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has executed up to 13,000 Syrians through mass hangings at a military jail north of Damascus over a four-year span as part of the government’s crusade to squash dissent, human rights watchdog Amnesty International reported Tuesday.