Good news, USA deploys boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq. The downside: The US strategy to defeat ISIS remains a joke.
Slightly overoptimistic Pentagon sends a staggering number of 50 soldiers to finish off ISIS.
According to RT and Reuters, US will now put boots on the ground anyway, and sends special forces to combat the terror group IS. 50 troops will soon be deployed.
The Russian TV channel quoted US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, who Tuesday said:
"These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders."
House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said he would support a greater commitment to US ground forces in both Syria and Iraq if they were part of a more robust strategy to bring down IS.
"The issue is okay, What would it take to really degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS?" Thornberry told USA Today. "Send however many guys or assemble whatever coalition is necessary to accomplish that goal."
He called the deployment of 50 commandos a half measure destined to fail.
"Fifty guys to be deployed is not going to turn the tide of this battle," he said.
However, according to USA Today, Carter said that the Pentagon is prepared to expand the force. How much he didn't say, so the troop could easily be expanded with 3 more guys.
Germany also has plans of participating
with a larger force to battle ISIS, and Germany has in practice approved the plans for participation in the international military campaign against IS in Syria.
Germany is likely to provide military support in the form of, among other reconnaissance aircraft, a warship and up to 1,200 soldiers in the wake of France's request for assistance in the fight against IS.
The German government approved the deal on Tuesday, but the plan still needs the approval of parliament in Berlin. However, the government has a solid majority in parliament.
The question is if it's really necessary for Germany to bother now that Pentagon deploys 50 "Universal soldiers".
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