The Washington Post: in the United States are discussing the possibility of air strikes on Assad’s forces
Washington is considering air strikes on government forces in Syria. This issue is scheduled to discuss on Wednesday, October 5, at the White house to meet senior officials of the US administration responsible for national security. While there is only a small probability that the head of the United States Barack Obama will approve the appropriate action.
According to The Washington Post, on Wednesday scheduled meeting of the Committee of managers (Principals Committee) of the Council of national security of the United States, which includes officials of Ministerial level. According to the newspaper, it is planned to discuss the possibility of bombing Syrian government forces. The discussion is expected to continue in the coming weekend at the NSS meeting with the participation of Obama, the newspaper said.
As the newspaper notes, in the bodies of U.S. national security for the past few weeks to discuss possible options to resolve the situation in Aleppo, Syria, where government forces carried out large-scale military operation.
So, last Wednesday the White house hosted a meeting of the Committee of alternates (Deputies Committee) to the NSC with the participation of representatives of the state Department, the CIA and the joint chiefs of staff of the Armed forces of the United States. It discussed the question of air strikes on Syrian army positions. Thus it was planned to stop the crimes of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against civilians in Aleppo and increase pressure on Damascus to return to the negotiating table in a serious way.
That number was considered “striking the runways of the Syrian armed forces with cruise missiles and other weapons, long-range aircraft or ships of the international coalition” led by the United States, told The Washington Post, officials involved in the discussion. It also discusses the possibility of covert bombing without notice to the General public to bypass the longstanding objections of the White house against strikes on Assad’s forces without a corresponding resolution of the UN security Council, said the interlocutor of the edition.
According to the source, the CIA and the chiefs of staff expressed support for such “kinetic” measures. This shows that the US government is more inclined to a variant of the bombing compared to the last time this question was put on the agenda. “There is a growing mood for a kinetic action against the regime, – said the publication representative of the US administration. – The joint chiefs of staff and the CIA believe that the fall of Aleppo would impede anti-terrorist struggle in Syria.”
At the same time, other officials in the US administration told the newspaper that Obama, whose presidential term is about to expire, no longer wants to control the military forces of the United States in Syria in the same way as before. According to sources, each of the possible options have their risks and negative consequences.
As reported by The Washington Post two officials in the Obama administration, the United States planned to suspend contacts with Russia last Friday, September 30. But Secretary of state John Kerry asked for a continuance after the phone talks with the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary of state wanted to gain more time to work out the extension of the agreement on cease-fire in Syria. In the result the agreement did not work, while the US administration still has no clear future plan.
According to the newspaper’s sources, Kerry supports increasing pressure on the Assad regime, but prefers to resolve the situation diplomatically. The head of the state Department prefers to negotiate with Russia, despite Moscow’s willingness if not to participate in war crimes of the Assad regime, “blind eye,” said the sources.
U.S. 3 Oct announced the suspension of talks with Russia on Syria. Washington accused Moscow of violating the undertakings given to it under the armistice agreement of 12 September. The United States believes that Russia was unable to force the Assad regime to cooperate in the peaceful resolution of the conflict. Instead, according to the American side, Russia has chosen the military path. In particular, the US impose on Russia the responsibility for the shelling of a humanitarian convoy of the UN on 19 September and the deterioration of the situation in Aleppo.
Last week, state Department spokesman John Kirby saidthat the United States to discuss the Syrian conflict not only through diplomacy but also through alternative options. At the same time, as noted by an employee of the guardian, “none of them (not options. – Approx. NEWSru.com) is not the best diplomatic solution to this problem.” Later, sources informed Reuters that discussed the military options for countering the Syrian army and recommendations can be presented to President Barack Obama.
In the Kremlin, it saidthat while not taken seriously, reports the US plans to operate in Syria more aggressively. “This is a message without a specific source, “hanging in the air,” – said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. – So there is no reason to treat them seriously.”
At the same time, three sources told The Daily Beastthat the lack of response from the Obama administration to Russia’s actions in Syria is causing increasing anger of senior officials from the national security of the United States. According to officials, the state Department and intelligence services are calling for a more active response in Syria. The Pentagon is the other side, arguing that “intervention of any kind is too risky, and it supports the White house, happily accept any argument against it, in order to strengthen the US intervention in Syria to the rest of the administration four months”.