US in Syria: Removing Assad is not a priority...

Facing the Senate Armed Services Committer, General Joseph Dunford and Defense Secretary Ash Carter reported on the ongoing military operations and admitted that removing Assad was not a priority for the US

US in Syria: Removing Assad is not a priority...

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A top U.S. military officer told Congress on Thursday that the US has no military objective to remove Assad from power, adding that removing Assad is not the political objective of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the PKK terrorist organization's Syrian affiliate the People's Protection Units (YPG).

The statement by U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was made upon a question Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) from the Senate Armed Services Committee whether the US intended to arm the SDF and if the removal of Assad is a priority for the U.S. or the SDF. Responding to the question, ahead of Dunford's comments, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said: "I do support continuing to work with them, yes, we have provided them some equipment already, we are providing them arms."

However, Dunford responded saying, "Today, that is not their stated political objective," referring to the YPG-led SDF.

Graham criticized Dunford and Carter's responses, saying, "If the main force in Syria is not aiming to remove Assad, then where does that force come from?"

No answer was given to this question from any party however in their exchange with Graham, Carter and Dunford confirmed there is a plan to arm the Kurdish militia in Syria, over Turkish objections, as a way of advancing on the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa. Once Raqqa is taken, however, an Arab force would be required to hold it. “We have a plan,” Dunford said, but described it as “not resourced.”

Source: RT/Daily Sabah


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