Washington, D.C. — The U.S. military will be conducting air and sea strikes against ISIS and other extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, but that doesn’t mean it can just “give up” to them, a senior military official told The Washington Times.
“It’s important that the president keep his options open to the military,” Col. Kevin Keyes, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Sunday.
“That’s why he’s asked his top advisers to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the situation in Syria to determine what is best for the military.
It’s important for the commander-in-chief to make sure that he’s taking into account the options that are available to him.”
A number of factors were being considered when it came to military options, Keyes said, including how to deter and defeat the group and whether it could be used as leverage against President Donald Trump.
But it’s clear that there are significant obstacles in front of the military that will be challenging to overcome.
For starters, the U.N. Security Council, which is the body that decides who is to be responsible for the resolution of the Syrian crisis, has been unable to agree on a timetable for the international coalition to fight the militants.
That is why there is a lack of consensus on how to proceed, and that has created a situation in which the military is forced to work through several conflicting priorities, including what kind of support to give to the moderate opposition and the regime, according to one U.K.-based diplomat.
The U.n. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has said he has been asked by U.s.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to lead a U.k. delegation in Washington to discuss the situation.
The U of S also has been discussing how to provide humanitarian aid and security for the opposition.
All of these efforts have been put on hold, according a senior U.c.
The president has also been reluctant to allow the Us. military to take the lead in the war on ISIS.
While it’s not clear what kind or size of support the U of s troops would receive from the U S, the military official said the president was concerned that if they did not have the kind of resources they would need, the situation could spiral out of control.
“The president was worried that we would become a military-first country,” the official said.
“If we don’t have the resources to do it, we’re going to have to do everything we can to control the situation and make sure we can make the right choices.”
The military official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said the decision to go forward with the strikes would be made in the days ahead by senior commanders and the commander of U.f.l.c., Gen. James Mattis, the top U. S. commander in the Middle East.
The president is expected to make his decision soon.