U.S. military leadership signed off on a plan to strike ISIS in Syria. It is now a waiting game as it is up to President Obama to make the political decision to authorize those plans.
Obama was briefed on those plans during a visit to the U.S. Central Command on Wednesday. News of this briefing was shared to the House Armed Services Committee by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Thursday. According to reports, Gen. Lloyd Austin, the commander of the U.S. Central Command briefed Obama on the military’s plans to strike ISIS in Syria.
Preparing Plan to Strike ISIS in Syria
For weeks – leading up to this briefing and prior to President Obama’s ISIS strategy speech – military targeting specialists and intelligence has been putting together a list of targets for strikes. Obama will likely be presented with this list along with an analysis of the risks/rewards of bombing inside Syria in terms of destroying and degrading ISIS.
According to a CNN report, “CENTCOM’s plan includes targeted actions against ISIL safe havens in Syria — including its command and control, logistics capabilities, and infrastructure,” Hagel said. “Our actions will not be restrained by a border that exists in name only.”
Islamic State Ramps Up Attacks Prior to U.S. Airstrikes in Syria
All this news regarding a plan to strike ISIS coming out of Washington has not slowed down the so-called Islamic State. In fact, it probably will have ISIS ramping up attacks in an effort to give Obama and the U.S. military the middle finger. There are reports of ISIS using artillery and tanks while capturing 16 villages in northern Syria in the last 24 hours alone.
The ball is in your court President Obama. It’s time to sign off on this plan to strike ISIS in Syria and let our military wipe this scum off the planet.