The U.S. has declared to deploy a special force team that will help Iraq add supplemental pressure on the Islamic State (IS) in accordance to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The troops will stand to initiate unilateral operations into Syria. Defense Secretary Carter is confident that the troops will be able to conduct raids, free hostages, collect intelligence data and capture ISIL leaders. He also mentioned why his plans would work to the House Armed Service Committee.
"That creates a virtuous cycle of better intelligence, which generates more targets, more raids, and more momentum," Carter explained.
At this moment there are roughly 3,400 American troops in Iraq. Back in November, the U.S. declared that it would deploy 50 commandos to help advise and guide the anti-IS forces. These commandos would exercise more pressure to IS forces in both Iraq and Syria, according to Carter.
“The raids in Iraq will be done at the invitation of the Iraqi government and focused on defending its borders and building the [Iraqi Security Forces’] own capacity...This force will also be in a position to conduct unilateral operations into Syria,” Carter testified.
The Pentagon has not made any comments on whether the special force troops have arrived in Iraq or not, and this has produced controversy with Syrian President Bashar Asad, as he would not sanction these unilateral operations. Asad's decision displays his opposition to President Obama's promise to avoid using ground troops to combat ISIS. After the wake of the Paris terrorist attack, a recent CBS poll suggests two-thirds of Americans don't believe that Obama has a concise plan to combat ISIS. That leaves 23 percent of them to believe that he does, which is the lowest recorded number CBS has ever recorded. In the same poll, other results show that 50 percent of respondents believe the US should send ground troops to fight ISIS, while 63 percent find deployment of troops imminent. As Obama avoids using ground troops, only 20 percent believe airstrikes will be effective in eliminating ISIS.
The U.S. leads more than a coalition of 60 countries in airstrikes conducted in Syria. Ever since the start of the campaign in September 2014, the U.S. is responsible for 95 percent of the 3,000 airstrikes against IS targets. Ever since the Paris attacks, there have been additional countries conducting airstrikes in Syria, including the United Kingdom. President Obama declared that he would return all deployed soldiers in Iraq home, but it appears that there is unfinished business. Ever since the war on terror back in 2001, millions of innocent civilians have been killed by airstrikes and terrorist attacks conducted by the opposition and the U.S. military. We went into Afghanistan only to capture and eliminate Osama Bin Laden which took 10 years later and then dump supposedly dumped his body into a discrete location in the ocean. Not to mention we also went into Iraq under suspicion for weapons of mass destruction, only to come back empty-handed. Iraq eradicated all its nuclear weapons back in the 90's, but unconvinced this was true, our country declared a war that claimed the lives of approximately 500,000 people. Safety is the main concern for our people whenever there is an act of terror in our homeland. We increase security measures for our people and usually declare war against the country who carried out the attacks. After the war is settled we keep our troops and diplomats to restore order, peace and sustainability. Of all the countries we have reached for this type of diplomacy the result is always the same: it costs millions of innocent civilian lives, thousands of soldiers, debt and destruction. Even today we have yet to restore any peace or order, and this cycle will continue repeating itself. With the majority of Americans doubting our commander in chief's leadership, billions of dollars going to waste, millions of lives having been claimed, can war really be justified?
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