Trump's defence team may deploy US ground troops in Syria, which Assad has previously "welcomed"
The potential plans, which if implemented will drastically change US military operations in Syria, come weeks after Donald Trump visited the Pentagon and gave officials 30 days to devise a more aggressive approach to eliminate the jihadis.
Speaking to CNN, a US defence official said: “It's possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time.”
Although ground troops could be deployed to help the special operation troops currently in Syria, the official claimed, there are still a number of options that may be presented to the President.
Mattis reportedly received 30 days to come up with a new aggressive plan against ISIS
James Mattis, the US Defence Secretary expressed his desire to gain ground on ISIS, even if US troops become at risk.
During his confirmation hearing, Mattis said there would be “a more accelerated campaign” in response to ISIS.
The possible defence plans are a complete contrast to the stance of Barack Obama administration, who rejected sending ground troops to the region because of the inherent risk on troops.
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Last week in a controversial interview when he brandished “some” European migrants as “definitely terrorists”, Syria’s President Assad said he would “welcome” US troops into Syria but only on his terms.
Bashar Assad said, “without any hesitation”, he would invite the troops to help the fight against ISIS, but the Trump administration would need to maintain “a clear political stance, not only with regards to the fight against terrorism, but also about Syria’s sovereignty and unity”.
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The Trump administration’s Syria policy is yet to take shape in earnest, but Assad has said previously that he views Mr. Trump’s rhetorical focus on fighting terrorism “promising".
Donald Trump made his stance on ISIS very clear during his campaign trail. In September he said: "I am also going to convene my top generals and give them a simple instruction: They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for defeating ISIS."
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