'Commander in Chief' Pres Hussein Obama Refuses to Hit ISIS’s Libya(n) Capital. (TheDailyBeast).
The terror group is gaining ground in Libya. But the Obama administration has said no to a Pentagon plan to go after ISIS there.
Despite the growing threat from the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Libya, the Obama administration has turned down a U.S. military plan for an assault on ISIS’s regional hub there, three defense officials told The Daily Beast.
In recent weeks, the U.S. military—led by its Africa and Special Operations Commands—have pushed for more airstrikes and the deployment of elite troops, particularly in the city of Sirte. The hometown of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the city is now under ISIS control and serving as a regional epicenter for the terror group.
The airstrikes would target ISIS resources while a small band of Special Operations Forces would train Libyans to eventually be members of a national army, the officials said.
Weeks ago, defense officials told The New York Times that they were crafting military plans for such strikes, but needed more time to develop intelligence so that they could launch a sustained air campaign on ISIS in Sirte.
But those plans have since been put on the back burner.
“There is little to no appetite for that in this administration,” one defense official explained. Read the full story here.
Very Interesting take by @AmirTaheri4 On the 'reality' of the Fight against ISIS.
Syria: Rival Powers and Their Second Choice https://t.co/zpugo1nxsz— Amir Taheri (@AmirTaheri4) February 18, 2016
60 countries with powerful armies have been fighting 30k+- ISIS idiots moving around on pick ups for > than a year.— Dr Jaber Alsiwat (@jsiwat) February 18, 2016
Am I missing something?