The United States is sending its Special Operations Forces to Syria out of concerns over losing its “geopolitical ground to Russia,” says a political analyst.
Keith Preston made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday when asked about why the US has decided to send some 50 special forces to Syria to “train, advise and assist” militants fighting against the Daesh (ISIL).
“What the United States is trying to do is create a new alliance of groups that are fighting in Syria that are somehow anti-Assad and anti-ISIS [ISIL] and also in opposition to the Kurdish independence movement,” Preston said.
“The United States is apparently very worried about its own geopolitical position in Syria,” he said, adding “since the Russian entry into the conflict in Syria, the United States has suffered a number of important embarrassments.”
The reasons are that “Russia has been thus far very successful in their war against ISIS and ISIS has taken some major losses,” he noted.
“Now the United States has not only seen its plans of toppling President Assad thwarted, but it’s also losing geopolitical ground to Russia,” Preston stated.
He went on to say that “the United States has not been particularly zealous in its war against ISIS most likely because the United States has regarded ISIS as a weapon to use against President Assad, bringing down president Assad has always been the American’s primary goal in Syria.”
President Barack Obama said on Monday that US special forces in Syria will not be engaged in fights against Daesh terrorists in the war-torn country, while the move came in an apparent breach of Obama’s promise not to put US “boots on the ground” there.
“We are not putting US troops on the front lines fighting firefights with ISIL,” Obama said in an interview on “NBC Nightly News”.
The US forces will remain in Syria for the foreseeable future and the White House has no plan to send more if they are successful in helping make gains on Daesh-held territory.