The United States ground war in Syria started in late 2015, when the Obama administration ordered a small deployment of roughly 50 troops. The American public saw little of the engagement: a few photos of familiar-looking soldiers in familiar-looking armored vehicles.
Turkey launched a military offensive in northern Syria in late January. It has now entered Iraq too, and is threatening further action.
The US Congress presented the draft budget for 2019. The request of the Trump administration for the DoD needs amounts huge $716 billion, including $69 billion to “continue military operations” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and other countries.
Meanwhile in order support and train US-backed forces in Syria the White House requests $550 million. This sum is divided between $300 million for training and weapons needs (including MANPADS) and $250 million for “ensuring border security of the territories of Syria under US control”.
USAID is planned to attract $130 million to “stabilize situation” in the ISIS cleared areas, as the money will go to local authorities formed in alternative to Damascus controlled.
The Pentagon is again designated to oversee and supervise this kind of separatism and is planned to deploy totally 1,800 American troops to Syria next year without any legitimate reason.
Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani discussed the latest developments in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin with the leadership council members of the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) party on Wednesday in Erbil. Continue reading “Barzani Discusses Afrin With Syrian Kurdish Delegation”