It would also represent a step away from standard practices under President Barack Obama’s administration by leaving the ultimate decision on whether to deploy some of those Kuwait-based reserve forces in Syria or Iraq to local commanders.
“They turned away from defenseless men, women and children who died gasping for breath when Assad’s forces dropped their poisonous gas.”
The Turkey-backed rebels had on Thursday driven Islamic State from al-Bab and two smaller towns nearby after weeks of streetfighting, depriving the hardline militants of their last big possession in northwest Syria.
The Turkey-backed rebels on Thursday drove Islamic State from al-Bab, the jihadist group’s last significant stronghold in northwest Syria, along with the two smaller neighboring towns of Qabasin and al-Bezah, after weeks of street fighting.
For well over a year, the Russians have been bombing the insurgents fighting the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad. Russia is not just bombing ISIS, as Vladimir Putin has sometimes claimed, but all of the militias that threaten the Iranian-backed Assad regime. That includes those militias that we have armed and trained as a sane, non-Islamist alternative to the regime.
The proposal is one of many ideas that the Pentagon is considering after President Trump gave defense officials till the end of the month to present strategies to defeat the jihadists.
“They are living in a war zone … and in hiding to avoid rape or murder,” the complaint says.