White House Weighs More Troop Deployments to Middle East

By: Zack Duvall

A  senior White House official said in an interview on Wednesday, according to Reuters news agency, that the White House is considering the deployment of a 1,000 troop rapid response task force to Kuwait to act as a “reserve” force in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

“This is about providing options.” The official said, continuing that the move by the Trump administration is meant to allow commanders on the ground to make decisions on troop placement, numbers, and objectives based on the situation and facts on the ground.

The decision by the White House also represents a shift in operational policy by the Trump administration, from the previous administration, for the simple fact that the Obama White House was notoriously known for micro-managing even the most low level details that local commanders open expressed feelings of not having the needed flexibility to adjust to unforeseen and real-time developments.

This move, like most of the security and defense operations performed so far by the new administration, comes under constructive secrecy and as some what of a shock to military analysts. It also still remains to be clear if the Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, supports the idea. Pentagon spokesman, Captain Jeff Davis, was asked about this and other potential operational developments in the Middle East to which he stated he “would not comment on current operations” that the White House has signed off on or are currently in progress.

The decision comes in light of a recent review the President has ordered military and defense officials to conduct in order to develop a plan to “completely defeat and destroy ISIS”, which the President has said will be done with various tactics and that “no options were off the table.”

The deployment could also be a move to provide needed support for the upcoming fight against ISIS in their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, Syria. A detachment of a Marine Corp amphibious division were also deployed inside of war-torn Syria to establish an artillery outpost to help U.S. backed Kurdish fighters take the city from the militant group.

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