Frankfort, Germany – After the beheading of the American journalist James Foley in Syria and U.S. airstrikes against militants of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, the United States is currently considering taking action against IS strongholds in Syria.
The White House signaled its intention to launch military operations against Sunni insurgents inside Syria, without confirming a final decision in this regard.
Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, stated on Friday that the U.S. President has not been presented yet with the potential military options that could be used against IS in Syria, similar to Iraq operations.
President Barack Obama, soon to end a two-week working vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, has not yet been presented with military options for attacking Islamic State targets beyond two important areas in Iraq, said White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.
“Going after Islamic State forces based in Syria is an option,” Rhodes said.
This comes one week after a video appeared online showing the American journalist James Folly being beheaded by a member of the Islamic State, while another video published by IS-linked media outlets illustrated the intention of the group to take a similar step against a second American, Steve Sotloff.
One year ago, the U.S. President threatened the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad to take action against the pro-Assad military forces that used chemical weapons against civilians in Damascus countryside, killing more than 1400, including children. Later on, the U.S. suspended the threatened action.
Reporting by: Fuad Jamil
Source: ARA News
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