Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said on Thursday they were giving President Donald Trump a “wide range” of options to accelerate the mission against the Islamic State (EI) and the president knows “the risks and consequences” .
“What we have done is to provide the president existing options to end the IE threat, including consequences, opportunities and associated risks,” Dunford said at a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
Dunford did not want to clarify what kind of options have been outlined before the president to accelerate the battle against the EI and simply insist that his job is to “bring options” to Trump, who must finally choose the course to follow, given that “Solve the problem without creating a new one”.
Dunford; Defense Secretary James Mattis; And other senior Pentagon commanders have been advising Trump of possible options to “accelerate” the battle against jihadists in the Middle East, after the president asked them in a memorandum proposal in that regard.
The White House hopes to present the new strategy in the Middle East next week, when the deadline imposed by Trump is met to take a new course in the fight against the EI and other radical groups like Al Qaeda.
Dunford said today that the campaign against the EI in Syria and Iraq has been “adapting” and there have been tactical and organizational changes since Trump came to power, but not any strategy in general terms.
Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the Central Command, in charge of US military operations in the Middle East, left Wednesday the door open to an increase of US troops in Syria, with the aim of advancing with allied troops to Al Raqa, capital of Fact of EI.
Dunford said today that the new strategy will take into account the importance of alliances with Turkey, which has been resented by US support for Kurdish militias in northern Syria, which make a decisive contribution to the fight against the EI.
In addition, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff denied the possibility of “coordinating” with Russia in Syria, although “I support a better communication to avoid clashes in the Syrian civil war, in which Moscow supports the Syrian leader, Bachar al Asad”.