DEBKAfile 17 Oct. 2015: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the American military would start carrying out or supporting ground operations against ISIS overtly in Syria and Iraq, in addition to its airstrikes with coalition partners. In comments to the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said the US will not refrain from assisting its partners or from taking action itself, “whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground.”
NBC News 27 Oct. 2015: Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin “direct action on the ground” against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive.
“We won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground,” Carter said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee.
Carter pointed to last week’s rescue operation with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq to free hostages held by ISIS.
“This may mean some American soldiers “will be in harm’s way, no question about it,” Carter said last week. This is combat and things are complicated,” Carter said.
Thus, the risk of a confrontation between Russia and the USA in Syria is increasing. US-Senator Tulsi Gabbard even speaks of WWIII (Thank you, Tommy Rasmussen):