Pentagon Seeks to 'Surprise' ISIS With Unannounced Troop Deployments in Iraq & Syria
The Pentagon wants Islamic State terrorists to be pleasantly surprised by US troop deployments in Iraq and Syria, with Washington apparently adopting a new policy of limiting soldier movement disclosures and resorting to unannounced “temporary” missions.
“In order to maintain tactical surprise, ensure operational security and force protection, the coalition will not routinely announce or confirm information about the capabilities, force numbers, locations, or movement of forces in or out of Iraq and Syria,” Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times this week.
A representative of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) confirmed to Sputnik that “routine” troop deployment announcements will stop under Donald Trump as US forces want the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists to be the “first to know about any additional capabilities the Coalition or our partner forces may present them on the battlefield.”
Ned Price, National Security Council spokesman under President Barack Obama, criticized the new approach of Trump's administration not to share such crucial details with Americans.
“The position of the Obama administration was that the American people had a right to know if servicemen and women were in harm’s way,” Price told the LA Times. “It’s truly shocking that the current administration furtively deploys troops without public debate or describing their larger strategy.”
Earlier this month, a number of US security officials leaked information to the US media that around 400 Marines were quietly deployed to northern Syria to support the multi-ethnic Syrian Democratic Forces. Other reports from Pentagon officials indicated that Washington is deploying up to 300 more additional paratroopers to help the Iraqi military recapture the city of Mosul.
While neither of those deployments were officially announced prior to their implementation, Gen. Joseph Votel, the top US commander in the Middle East did acknowledge the additional troop presence in Syria to the House Armed Services committee on Wednesday.
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