With the US having officially transitioned its ISIS war narrative away from “advise and assist” to direct combat, officials are already talking up the idea of various unnamed European countries launching their own ground wars in Syria too.
Gen. John Allen (retired), the outgoing ISIS War Czar, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today that he expects European nations to “become more kinetically involved” in the ISIS war as time goes on, and that the US was already courting nations to get a presence at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter conceded that there had so far been no actual instance of any of the European countries expressing any formal interest in joining a ground war, but insisted that it “stands to reason” Europe would eventually join the war.
“The Russians are going to start feeling some serious pain on this,” Allen added, underscoring that the US war against ISIS is increasingly driven by a desire to one-up Russia in their own, more recently-launched war.
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