U.S. Weighs Direct Military Action Against ISIS in Syria - NY Times


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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is debating a more robust intervention in Syria, including possible American airstrikes, in a significant escalation of its weeks-long military assault on the Islamic extremist group that has destabilized neighboring Iraq and killed an American journalist, officials said Friday.

While President Obama has long resisted being drawn into Syria’s bloody civil war, officials said recent advances by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria had made clear that it represents a threat to the interests of the United States and its allies. The beheading of James Foley, the American journalist, has contributed to what officials called a “new context” for a challenge that has long divided the president’s team.

nytimes.com/2014/08/23/world/middleeast/obama-adviser-says-military-action-possible-against-isis.html?_r=0

What is now under consideration would be a different goal: not to punish Mr. Assad’s government or to further his ouster but to cripple ISIS. As it happens, that would actually work in Mr. Assad’s favor, since ISIS has been one of the most effective of the various factions fighting Syrian government forces. But it might be more directly in the interest of the United States, given the threat posed by an ISIS caliphate whose brutality was captured in the video image of a masked man beheading Mr. Foley…

That would actually work in Mr. Assad’s favor.”


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I’m not sure I like this, but the jury is out if it would help or hurt Assad. If the moderate rebels get the upper hand and defeat IS, they will go after Assad and will be a much stronger force than IS. They would also be more likely to have the backing of the majority of the population.

Right now IS is suppressing the moderate rebels, which is working in Assad’s favor.


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And the moderate rebels are the Free Syrian Army? It is thought they handed over the journalist Foley to the Militants. We had our rescue team but Foley and the others were not where they thought they’d be.

bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28875827

The Times of India:

Stand by for a U-turn: West poised to join forces with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to deal with the threat of ISIS

The US has already covertly assisted the Assad government by passing on intelligence about the exact location of jihadi leaders through the BND, the German intelligence service, a source has told The Independent. This may explain why Syrian aircraft and artillery have been able on occasion to accurately target rebel commanders and headquarters.


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Hopefully Bashar Al-Assad will realise that the US government cannot be trusted. This is the same bunch who were ready to bomb him last year, and who have openly aided the so called moderate FSA, who had already carried out war crimes, attacked Christians, and provided a steady flow of defectors to the hardcore extremist groups.

                                 The Middle East needs the US to be a major player  in the region like it needs more holes in the head and it's already got plenty of those.

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Your link didn’t indicate who took him. I don’t think we know who initially took him. It was widely considered Foley was kidnapped by the Shabiha militia, a group loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Later they said he was held in Damascus, but that proved false…

The first solid information about Foley’s condition, he said, came nearly a year after his abduction, from a returning European jihadist, or Islamic fighter, who had been with the American journalist in the city of Aleppo. This person provided confirmation that Foley was alive, as well as first-hand details of his captivity and his captors…

Didier Francois, a veteran French war correspondent who was held with Foley and released with three other French hostages in April, said he had little doubt Foley was under the control of Islamic State or its affiliates the entire time.

“The guy who killed him is the guy who took him from the start,” Francois told Reuters.

Francois said he had been held with Foley from last August until April and that he was also held almost nine months with Sotloff.

see: chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-james-foley-beheading-warning-20140820-story.html


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