‘Advise and assist’ is a mellow term for domestic use in America, where Middle East wars of the past 15 years are very unpopular, analysts told RT, adding that the US is preparing for a larger reengagement of ground troops in Iraq.
As US-backed Iraqi forces are advancing on ISIS-held western Mosul, the UNHCR says it’s extremely concerned about the thousands of civilians trapped in the city, as there’s a high risk of casualties, spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh says.
The timing of the CIA’s decision to cease its funding of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is significant. With the Geneva peace talks now underway, it suggests that, unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump may be serious about combatting terrorism.
It’s outrageous the US gave a terrorist £1 million of taxpayers’ money, says David Coburn, British UK Independence Party MEP. These people should be treated as prisoners who are out to make war on us, he adds.
We are possibly seeing a move from an incoherent strategy regarding ISIS in Syria and Iraq under Obama to something which puts the priority on crushing ISIS and not regime change in Syria, says political analyst Chris Bambery.
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has been experiencing deep financial troubles, with the average income dropping by a half since the terrorist group advanced in Syria in 2014, a new study has found.