Monday, September 19, 2016

Mission Creep In Syria Is 'Pissing Off' U.S. Military Commanders

At the request of the government of Turkey, US special operations forces are accompanying Turkish and vetted Syrian opposition forces as they continue to clear territory from ISIL (AFP Photo/Delil Souleiman)

Military Times: U.S. military commanders are 'pissed off' about the mission creep in Syria

The deal for U.S. military cooperation with Russia would expand the current mission in Syria far beyond its exclusive focus on the Islamic State group.

And the Pentagon is not happy about it.

The agreement forged by Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart could, for the first time, broaden the American-led air campaign’s target list to include al Nusra, the notorious al Qaida-linked group that is a major actor in the multi-sided Syrian civil war. Until now, the two-year-old U.S. air campaign in Syria has been limited to ISIS.

“This could be massive mission creep,” said Josh Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “The military is pissed off because they’re being asked to do two jobs now. They were asked to do one job, which is kill ISIS. Now John Kerry is asking them to do another job, which is cooperate with Russia and kill al Nusra.”

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WNU Editor: This discussion (and criticism) may be all moot by the end of today. The Syrian military has just declared the end of the ceasefire .... Syrian Military Has Formally Declared The End Of The Ceasefire.

1 comment:

Aizino Smith said...

Obama never had a well thought out plan beyond slighting America and building up the Left.