On Monday (25 April,) Barack Obama announced the USA is sending an additional 250 US special operations forces into Syria. This immediately led to speculation that the USA is about to become embroiled in yet another Middle Eastern quagmire.
White House press officers say the deployment of Special Forces is intended to repel Daesh extremists. With no signal of cooperation from the Assad government or the Syrian-Arab Army combating the extremist group, it is difficult to see what difference 250 men would make when Iran already has a large force supporting Assad's army. Independent analysts have therefore questione whether the Obama Administration is trying to defeat ISIS, or still has regime chanhe as its main priority and has sent these troops to depose Assad.
On Tuesday, Loud & Clear’s Brian Becker in a discussion with with political analyst Issa Chaer of the Syrian Solidarity Movement to discuss the fresh deployment, as well as the US’ endgame strategy in Syria five years after the start of the civil war.
This announcement raises a number of questions," says Chaer. "First of all, is there a failure of the present tactic the US has employed to tackle Daesh in Syria? Raising the [total] number from 50 to 300 raises the question of what the existing 50 Special Forces have been doing for years – are they there for surveillance or are they working with groups on the ground?"
Chaer argues that the plan to dispatch additional US Special Forces troops will likely be counterproductive, as the US has not given any indication of collaborating with the groups presently combating Daesh, including the Syrian-Arab Army and Kurdish fighters.
"I think it is a mistake to do, but I think the US is protecting the opposition to the Syrian government to the benefit of Daesh. They are protecting the Saudi, Qatari, and Turkish interests."
Specifically, the Free Syrian Army, which has been fighting against Assad for years, claims that they are now cooperating with the US to fight Daesh. The White House often refers to the Free Syrian Army as ‘moderate’ rebels, suggesting that their participation is critical in the fight against Daesh. In reality many of the videos of beheadings, tirture and guys slicing open the fresh corpses of pro Assad troops and eating the still warm vital organis were carried out by members of this 'moderate' group.
Last week, Washington approved giving anti-aircraft surface-to-air missiles to the rebels, in conjunction with combat efforts in Syria. Notably, Daesh does not have an air force, suggesting that this advanced weaponry lacks any utility in that particular fight. Independent analysts suggest that this weaponry could be used by rebels to undermine Syrian bombing efforts against Daesh.
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