Pentagon Lays Out Options for U.S. Military Effort in Syria - page 8

The Pentagon has provided Congress with its first detailed list of military options to stem the bloody civil war in Syria, suggesting that a campaign to tilt the balance from President Bashar... Read More

  1. by   azhiker96
    Quote from herring_RN
    I cannot understand how United states or Russian bombing is doing any good.
    You are correct, ground forces are required to take and hold locations. They are also useful for directing air strikes so they will be effective. Our commander's reluctance to use ground forces is a big reason why ISIS has continued to make gains despite air strikes.

    Russia has already sent in Spetznaz units and may be following up with ground troops. They will probably do more in weeks and months than we have in years. There are reports that China is joining the Russian coalition as well as Iraq, Libya, Syria, the Kurds, and Hezbollah.

    The US has been unhappy with Russian attacks on rebel groups in Syria while relatively ignoring Turkish attacks on Kurd forces.

    I worry about ISIS so if a Russian coalition is willing to roll up their sleeves and clean up that mess, more power to them. My only concern with that Turkey could get into skirmishes with Russia. Then NATO agreements could drag us into WWIII.
  2. by   herring_RN
    With a show of Stars and Stripes, U.S. forces in Syria try to keep warring allies apart
    The U.S. military is getting drawn into a deepening struggle for control over areas liberated from the Islamic State that risks prolonging American involvement in wars in Syria and Iraq long after the militants are defeated.
    In their first diversion from the task of fighting the Islamic State since the U.S. military’s involvement began in 2014, U.S. troops dispatched to Syria have headed in recent days to the northern town of Manbij, 85 miles northwest of the extremists’ capital, Raqqa, to protect their Kurdish and Arab allies against a threatened assault by other U.S. allies in a Turkish-backed force.
    Russian troops have also shown up in Manbij under a separate deal that was negotiated without the input of the United States, according to U.S. officials...
    With a show of Stars and Stripes, U.S. forces in Syria try to keep warring allies apart - The Washington Post
    Marines have arrived in Syria to fire artillery in the fight for Raqqa
    Marines from an amphibious task force have left their ships in the Middle East and deployed to Syria, establishing an outpost from which they can fire artillery in support of the fight to oust the Islamic State from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, defense officials said...

    ... The new Marine mission was disclosed after members of the Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment appeared in the Syrian city of Manbij over the weekend in Strykers — heavily armed, eight-wheel armored vehicles.
    Defense officials said they are there to discourage Syrian or Turkish troops from making any moves that could shift the focus away from an assault on Islamic State militants...
    Marines have arrived in Syria to fire artillery in the fight for Raqqa - The Washington Post
  3. by   herring_RN
    Worst Chemical Attack in Years in Syria; U.S. Blames Assad
    APRIL 4, 2017
    One of the worst chemical bombings in Syria turned a northern rebel-held area into a toxic kill zone on Tuesday, inciting international outrage over the ever-increasing government impunity shown in the country’s six-year war.
    Western leaders including President Trump blamed the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and called on its patrons, Russia and Iran, to prevent a recurrence of what many described as a war crime.
    Dozens of people, including children, died — some writhing, choking, gasping or foaming at the mouth — after breathing in poison that possibly contained a nerve agent or other banned chemicals, according to witnesses, doctors and rescue workers...
    ... The dead were still being identified, and some humanitarian groups said as many as 100 had died...

    ... The White House called the attack a “reprehensible” act against innocent people “that cannot be ignored by the civilized world.”...