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Ground troops can be used in the operation targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as part of a comprehensive strategy also targeting the Bashar al-Assad regime, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has reportedly said.
Davutoğlu made the remarks in an interview with CNN, CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour wrote via her Twitter account on Oct. 6.
The prime minister’s interview with Amanpour was set to be aired late Oct. 6.
“Turkish PM @Ahmet_Davutoglu tells me there can be boots on ground but only if the U.S. strategy includes going after al-Assad too,” Amanpour wrote on Twitter.
The NATO military alliance will stand by Turkey if that proves necessary to protect the country from attacks on it by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Oct. 6.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
The Senate voted 78-22 to authorize President Barack Obama’s plan.
Obama later thanked lawmakers for approving his request.
“As I said last week, I believe that we’re strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together, and I want to thank members of Congress for the speed and seriousness with which they approached this important issue,” he said.
September 18th, 2014
A letter issued Wednesday by a top leader of the Free Syrian Army makes it clear that its fighters intend to use U.S. aid to fight not only ISIS but the forces of Bashar al-Assad, regardless of a reluctance by the Obama administration to publicly acknowledge that fact. The letter – issued as Congress began voting on aid and assistance to the rebels – affirms “the Free Syrian Army’s continued commitment to removing the twin terrorists Bashar al-Assad and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from Syrian soil,” and directly calls upon the U.S. Congress to help them accomplish that task.
originally posted by: Swills
a reply to: weirdguy
We've already armed the Kurds, and just recently to help them fight off ISIL who was also armed to the teeth with US arms they've acquired from the so called Iraqi army. And ISIL probably also received weapons, cash, and supplies funneled through the FSA since they are buddy buddy and all.
originally posted by: Aleister
a reply to: Swills
The U.S. hasn't gone after Assad yet, so I doubt if they'd start now. That would mean bombing Assad's key outposts, homes, etc., which I don't think America is ready or close to willing to do. So he's probably safe for now, living the life of Riley and dancing at midnight.
originally posted by: weirdguy
a reply to: Swills
I believe that Turkey is the key here. Arming the Kurds is another idea, but that could lead to more problems later in the forming of Kurdistan proper. Turkey is obviously a much more modern and potent force and would mop the floor with ISIS and Assad too, and the bonus is they are ready to go on the boarder right now. You can only imagine the type of dealing being done at the moment.