The Pentagon plans to intensify the bombing of oilfields in Syria controlled by militants of the «Islamic state». About this newspaper the Financial Times, transfer «RIA Novosti».
As stated on Tuesday, October 27, the head of the joint chiefs of staff U.S. army General Joseph Dunford, the U.S. will be «more aggressive» air strikes against the militants controlled the oil companies.
As reported, the terrorist group «Islamic state» earns up to $ 50 million. a month on the sale of crude oil from fields under their control in Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. may launch a ground operation against the terrorists of the «Islamic state». This was stated by the head of the Pentagon Ashton Carter, speaking before the US Senate Committee on armed services. A White house spokesman later reiterated that the question of beginning large-scale operations «on the ground» is not, writes NEWSru.com.
According to the Minister of defense, the U.S. «will refrain» from operations on the ground in Iraq and Syria, reports NBC. Carter also promised that the us bombing of militant positions will be more and more powerful.
«We will not refrain from supporting our partners in their attacks on positions of the Islamic state or carry out such missions independently through air strikes or direct action on the ground», — said the head of the Pentagon.
Carter mentioned last last week a joint operation to free the hostages, which the United States conducted in conjunction with Kurdish forces of Northern Iraq (during this operation died the first time fighting ISIS the U.S. military).
In its fight against Islamists in Syria and Iraq, the American army, according to Carter, will focus on Raqqah (center for terrorists in Syria) and on the city of Ramadi, capital of Iraq’s Anbar province. Carter said that the United States will continue support for moderate Syrian forces, which have recently been in the vicinity of Raqqa has achieved some success in the fight against terrorists IG.
The head of the Pentagon acknowledged that US attempts to form new armed forces of the Syrian moderate rebels to combat ISIS has failed. The new US approach, according to Carter, is to work with proven leaders in those groups that are already fighting against terrorists to give them weapons and conduct military training, by supporting their action with air strikes.
The U.S. still does not intend to carry out large-scale ground military campaign against the terrorist group «Islamic state», declared during a briefing the official representative of the White house Eric Schultz.
«As earlier, President Barack Obama has made clear, we have no intention to carry out long-term, large-scale combat operations like those our nation conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Schultz. But we, nevertheless, maintain the possibility to carry out limited operations with partners if circumstances permit».
As an example, the White house cited a recent special operation to rescue hostages from the prison in the city of Hawija in the province of Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, during which U.S. special forces, according to the Pentagon, played a supporting role, while the chief was given the Kurdish armed groups.
According to the Fox News channel, Barack Obama is considering to send military forces closer to «the front lines in Iraq and Syria.» The channel connects it with another decision of the American leadership — the intention «to intensify air strikes on targets of the Islamic state».
As noted, such plans are linked to the desire to do a «reboot» of the Syrian campaign, especially against the backdrop of the failure of the program for training Syrian rebels-opposition — Assad.
According to the newspaper The Washington Post, Obama may decide on sending teams of American special forces into Syria to conduct joint ground operations with the militants moderate Syrian opposition this week.
The U.S. started airstrikes on positions of Islamic state in Syria in September 2014. The authorities have repeatedly promised that the ground operation will not.
Earlier it was reported that senior advisers on national security of the American leader Barack Obama and his advisors on defense, unanimously recommended to expand the U.S. military presence in Iraq and Syria with the intention to help the Kurds and moderate Syrians to seize strategic targets of the terrorist group «Islamic state» (IG). In this case two different groups of advisers offer significantly different approaches to U.S. engagement in this campaign.
Media: the United States plans to intensify the strikes on oil companies IG 28.10.2015