The US sends another 2500 ground troops to Kuwait
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 13, 2017,
Mar 13, 2017, 0:23
The deployment reflects Washington's deeper involvement in Syria under the administration of President Donald Trump and thrusts the US further into a hard diplomatic entanglement.
U.S. Marines from the The 11th MEU fire their M777 Lightweight 155mm howitzer during Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 18, 2016.
Do you support the use of USA ground troops in Syria to fight the Islamic State? The chances of those weapons falling into the hands of the much stronger Islamist factions are far more likely today than they've ever been, in no small measure because the Salafist and Islamist ground units now calling most of the shots.
Given the recent history of the United States' adventurism in both of these nations, this surge of troops is not a light matter. As the US works towards a plan for Raqqa, it does not want to have to keep the peace between the two groups, while trying to engage ISIS.
U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller told Pentagon correspondent Tara Copp that those troops "are probably the happiest Marines in the Marine Corps right now".
It is unclear whether US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces - which include the Kurdish YPG, Turkish-backed Syrian opposition, or some combination of the two forces - will serve as the liberating force in Raqqa once the city is completely isolated. But, what does "escalation" mean when the USA under the Obama administration dropped 12,192 bombs on Syria in 2016 alone, destroying the country's infrastructure killing thousands?
"Are we deploying Marines in Syria at the request or with the permission of the Syrian government?" Sen. Though sidelined by US forces of late, the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army hovers nearby in its fight against the terror group in the north of the country. What are they going to do?
"The number of our forces is now increasing, particularly from among the people of the area, and we have enough strength to liberate Raqqa with support from the coalition forces", Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, an SDF spokeswoman, said.
Before the flag-flying its presence was clouded in secrecy, ambiguous and often imprecise, praising the SDF while meeting with the Turks and never giving clear signals as to which force would actually take Raqqa. Since November it has been working with the US -led coalition to encircle Raqqa. Here the USA has embarked on a unique strategy and in a sense "bought in" to the Syria war.
US imperialism's problematic relationship with the Syrian Democratic Forces is beginning to unfold. Kurdish forces, also known as the YPG, are viewed with no distinction from the PKK by the Turkish government and Turkey has labeled the PKK as a terrorist group, according to the Atlantic Council. This mean that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey would come into direct confrontation with USA backed militants potentially sparking a much more prolonged and deeper conflict.
On Thursday it is reported 23 civilians, including eight children, were killed in airstrikes near Raqqa, an incident the US-led coalition say it is investigating. The U.S. has no democratic aim nor are they exclusively interested in defeating IS or terrorism.