The US commandos which are currently on the ground in Syria could start helping the Free Syrian Army in its fight against Syrian’s president Bashar Assad as soon as they are done fighting ISIS, political analyst Dr. George Masse from the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut told RIA Novosti.
According to the analyst the US Special Operations Forces, which have been deployed and are currently on the ground in Syria, could well start helping the Free Syrian Army in its fight against the country government forces as soon as they are done with IS.
“The position of the US is still unclear. They could help the Free Syrian Army though they know well it consists of Islamists. And if they start helping them, it won’t be against Daesh, but against the Syrian Army and the Russians,” added Dr. George Masse, who is also the Chairperson of the Department of International Affairs, Humanities, & Social Sciences of the University in Beirut.
The expert points out that even though US Special forces currently are fighting ISIS, this doesn’t mean that tomorrow they won’t turn against the Syrian army, adding that the US-TOW (“Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided”) anti-tank missiles, which were given to the rebels, only prove it.
According to Dr. Masse the Americans will closely follow where the Syrians and the Russians are gaining ground and then will provide more weaponry to the other side, the Islamic terrorists.
He also added that after Russia launched its airstrikes against ISIS, the US with its allies had to adjust its strategy on the ground in fear that if they do not do anything and only watch Russia gaining success, Russian could take control over everything on the ground.
The analyst, however, said that the US most likely won’t provide any help to the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), as the US is an ally of Turkey, and Ankara is putting all their efforts in fighting the Kurds along Syria’s border with Turkey as they don’t want the Kurds to have their own land because it is dangerous for the country.
The Americans’ strategy for now will be to try to ‘play with the time’ and watch for developments. It is not in the Americans’ interest to end this conflict soon.
President Obama revealed on Monday that a small contingent of elite US commandos has begun working with allied forces inside Syria to ‘tighten the squeeze’ on ISIS. He also added while speaking at the Pentagon that about 50 US Special Operations forces would help allied groups target ISIS leadership.