With the Trump administration poised to announce new troop deployments and plans to increase spending on the fight against the Islamic State group, one major question looms: Will the U.N. Security Council, which has a veto power, send troops to Syria?
If so, would Russia or China be part of that mission?
And, finally, will President Trump give up his plan to roll back the Obama administration’s effort to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels?
The answers to those questions are not clear.
In the days since President Donald Trump said he would back a U.K.-Russia plan to train moderate Syrian opposition forces, there has been little clarity about the administration’s plans.
Trump said the U-S.
plan was “a positive step” that could lead to “a more inclusive Syria.”
On Thursday, the Pentagon said the plan had not been finalized, but it did not rule out that the U,S.
and Russia could “work together to train, equip and equip the moderate Syrian armed opposition.”
That is the same line the U.,Russia and Turkey have trotted out since Trump took office, saying that the plan would help moderate opposition forces.
The White House has repeatedly said that Trump is open to the idea of a U-sustained “train and equip” plan, but U.R.M. reports on Thursday show that “it was not clear whether the administration would commit to such a plan.”
The Pentagon also has not made any decisions about whether it would send U.B.N.-backed Syrian rebel groups into Syria.
The Pentagon has repeatedly stressed that the Trump Administration has no plans to take military action against the ISIS group, but the Pentagon’s top military officer, Gen. Joseph Votel, has repeatedly warned that such an action would not be an “optimal” response.
“There is no plan to go after ISIS,” Votels spokesman, Army Col. John Dorrian, told The Associated Press.
“We are working toward a diplomatic solution that has the ability to address the broader threat posed by ISIS, which is an existential threat to regional stability and security.”
Votels comments came after U.L.G. reported that U.P.F., the U.-backed U.C.K.-backed Free Syrian Army, had been “determined to fight ISIS in Syria, regardless of U.U.S.-led coalition support” and would “continue to fight against ISIL.”
The AP reported that Votela had “died” during the war against ISIS in 2014.
U.-backed rebels fighting against the Assad government in Syria are known to have been trained by the U of L.G., U.V. and the UP.
The Pentagon’s most recent tally of U-backed rebel training shows that some 30,000 U.W.
S-trained fighters were sent to Syria in 2015 alone.
The U. of L.-based U.M.-trained Syrian rebel group has not been directly involved in the war in Syria.
However, U.F.A. has been active in the fight since the fall of the Assad regime.
The group is supported by the Pentagon, the UN. and by Turkey.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday that Turkey would “work to defeat” ISIS and “help the Syrian people,” but that Turkey did not plan to send its fighters into Syria to fight the group.
Turkey has not joined the UU-backed Syrian opposition, but has given them humanitarian aid and weapons.
It also has sent weapons and fighters to the Syrian Kurds.
The Syrian Kurds, who are the most effective rebel force against the Syrian government, have also been involved in fighting ISIS.
They have been fighting the ISIS militants since at least 2016.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.