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As ISIS falter in the middle east the Trump administration might want to take advantage
The new deployment would operate as a reserve unit and marks a complete change in policy from the Obama administration, with Trump handing more power to the US commanders on the ground.
Advocates of troop deployment claim it would provide the US chiefs greater flexibility on the ground, enabling them to quickly respond to challenges on the battlefield.
This is about providing options
A US official, who was speaking anonymously to Reuters, said: “This is about providing options.”
The official also said the deployment would differ from the existing US troop presence in Kuwait.
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The move would highlight US aggression in the region and an official said a small group of Marines have already entered Syria.
The Washington Post said the Marines were from an amphibious task force and were establishing an artillery outpost to support the Syrian offensive against Daesh in Raqqa.
The potential plans, which if implemented will drastically change US military operations in the region, come after Trump visited the Pentagon and gave officials 30 days to devise a more aggressive approach to eliminate the jihadis.
Last month General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: "We've been given a task to go to the President with options to accelerate the defeat of ISIS specifically, but obviously other violent extremist groups as well.”
The Obama White House has been accused of micro-managing the armed forces
It is not yet known if the proposal had the support of Jim Mattis, the US Defence Secretary, but he has previously been an outspoken advocate of using increased force to destroy the death cult.
In 2014, Mattis said: “If a brigade of our paratroopers or a battalion landing team of our Marines could strengthen our allies at a key juncture and create havoc or humiliation for our adversaries, then we should do what is necessary with our forces that exist for that very purpose.
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The US Defence Secretary has previously spoken of the need to have boots on the ground
“The U.S. military is not war weary, our military draws strength from confronting our enemies when clear policy objectives are set and we are fully resourced for the fight.”
Obama's administration was often accused of micromanaging even the smallest tactical details about the fight against the twisted terror group, attempting to set up direct lines of communication and deliberating on the use of helicopters or movement of small numbers of US forces.
Former Defence Secretary Robert Gates claimed it “drove me crazy” and that he told commanders in the field “if they got a call from the White House, you can tell them to go to hell and call me”.
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