Breaking: Obama to Announce Major US Escalation in Syria
Obama actually 'threatens' to up Syria violence: Analyst
23 April, 2016
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US President Barack Obama is actually threatening to push for more violence in Syria when he speaks of risks facing the country’s ceasefire, says a political commentator.
At a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday, Obama warned about “the cessation of hostilities fraying” in Syria.
A landmark partial ceasefire, which was negotiated by the United States and Russia, took effect in Syria on February 27.
Now Joaquin Flores, a member of the Center for Syncretic Studies, believes when Obama “describes the threat” to the ceasefire, he is “actually giving the threat.”
“What Obama is actually doing is delivering a threat,” said Flores. “If the US does not get its way, it will push to organize a new surge in violence with its regional allies, Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.”
Since late September 2014, the US, along with some of its regional allies, including Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, has been conducting airstrikes purportedly against Daesh Takfiri terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate.
There are also dozens of US special operation forces in Syria, who are working closely with a collection of various armed groups that are trying to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Separately, the CIA has been running a similar program aimed at pressuring Assad to step down. The CIA-armed militants, however, are now shooting at Pentagon-armed ones in Syria, according to US officials and militant leaders.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. Hundreds of thousands of people have reportedly lost their lives and millions have been displaced as a result of the violence.
Syria conflict: Obama 'to send 250 more non-combat troops'
US President Barack Obama is to send 250 additional military personnel to Syria to support local militias in the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS), officials have said.
The goal, they say, is to encourage more Sunni Arabs to join Kurdish fighters in north-eastern Syria.
The new deployment will bring to 300 the number of US forces in non-combat roles in Syria.
In a BBC interview, Mr Obama ruled out sending ground troops there.
He said military efforts alone cannot solve Syria's "heart-breaking situation of enormous complexity".