Under the Obama administration, little was done to effectively eradicate ISIS.
Now, President Trump has a plan to take out the terrorist organization for good.
That could be jeopardized, however, due to an intervention by a supposed ally.
Currently, the U.S. plan of attack against ISIS employs the use of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a militant group composed primarily of Kurdish militias who have it out for ISIS.
But a U.S. ally is stepping in and may try to take out the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The Daily Caller reported:
Current U.S. strategy against ISIS relies on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Syrian rebel group largely composed of Kurdish militias. The problem is, Turkey regards these groups as existential threats to its existence and believes they are deeply tied to the PKK. The U.S. has special operators embedded within the SDF’s ranks and believes it is the only group capable of retaking the ISIS-held capital of Raqqa in Syria.
Turkey attacked SDF-controlled villages Wednesday, according to SDF spokesmen. Turkey’s operations appear geared towards taking the SDF controlled city of Manbij, which is right along its border. “The fight for Manbij will derail the U.S.-backed campaign against ISIS and create opportunities for al Qaeda to expand further in Syria,” ISW’s assessment declares.
The Syrian Democratic Forces likely play a key role in President Trump’s plan to eradicate ISIS, and any loss of theirs is a loss for the U.S., as well, in the fight against Muslim terror.
Defense Secretary Mattis and President Trump have already increased the amount of ground strikes against ISIS, including employing more foot soldiers.
The Daily Caller reported:
Trump and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis have already quietly escalated the U.S. ground war against ISIS, which includes additional assistance to the SDF. “There are signs of full support from the new American leadership — more than before — for our forces,” an SDF spokesman told Reuters Feb. 1. Trump also indicated in July he was a “big fan” of the Kurdish forces and wanted to balance his strategy with Turkey. “It would be really wonderful if we could put them somehow both together,” he told The New York Times.
“Further escalation between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds would severely jeopardize – and likely halt indefinitely – the campaign against ISIS in Ar-Raqqa City,” ISW declares.
The fact of the matter is, if Turkey decides to escalate their attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces, the United States will lose support overseas.
While the U.S. has recently increased the amount of foot soldiers and military in that area, it has also increased the strikes against ISIS.
Losing support of the Syrian Democratic Forces may have proved to jeopardize President Trump’s plan.
But both President Trump and Defense Secretary Mattis are working to solve the conflict of the situation, and this complication may be just a mere hindrance.
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