Wednesday, March 8, 2017

US Sends 200 More Marines, Artillery to Syria; Boosted Power to Ease Ousting IS from Raqqa

Some 200 Marines deployed into Syria this week with heavy artillery guns, as part of the ongoing preparation for the fight to oust the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from its self-declared headquarters of Raqqa, the CBS News website reports today (March 8, 2017).

The deployment is likely an early indication that the White House is leaning toward giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to make routine combat decisions in the ISIS fight.

Military commanders frustrated by what they considered micromanagement under the Obama administration have argued for greater freedom to make daily decisions on how best to fight the enemy.

Pentagon leaders sent a new plan to defeat ISIS to the White House in late February. It outlined a strategy that would increase the number of U.S. troops in Syria in order to better enable Syrian fighters to battle for Raqqa.

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