Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump And Mattis Quietly Ramp Up Ground War On ISIS

Via Billy

The U.S. backed anti-ISIS coalition delivered armored vehicles to U.S.-backed Syrian rebels Tuesday, in a quiet sign of military escalation by the Trump administration.

“There are signs of full support from the new American leadership — more than before — for our forces,” an SDF spokesman told Reuters Tuesday. The Pentagon reportedly believes the Kurdish SDF forces are the only ones truly capable of retaking ISIS’s capital city of Raqqa in Syria.

The Syrian rebels, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, are a coalition of rebel groups supported by the U.S. whose primary mission is defeating ISIS. The coalition is largely dominated by Kurdish militia groups, much to the objection of U.S. NATO ally Turkey. Turkey regards these militia groups as great of a threat to its existence as Islamic State, hindering the then-Obama administration’s plans to provide further military assistance to the group.

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