Washington: The Pentagon and US President Donald Trump has made strong preparations to throw President Bashar al-Assad out of power. The Syrian campaign will need a deployment of 60,000 troops and will need a fund of $500 million, said the Pentagon. President Trump has demanded from the US Congress to pass this proposal.
The US Defence Headquarter, Pentagon submitted a proposal for $686 billion to the US Congress, a month ago. This included $500 million asked by the Pentagon for the Syrian campaign. Last year, the Pentagon had given a proposal for $300 million for the IS campaign. Thereafter, the United States and allies had successfully dislodged the IS from the northern part of Syria. Therefore, it is predicted that the Pentagon’s proposal for Syrian campaign may face some cuts. But the Pentagon has asked for more funds and President Trump is making strong efforts to get it approved from the US Congress.
It is claimed that the Pentagon has asked these funds for the anti-Assad rebels, the ‘Vetted Syrian Opposition’ (VSO) in Syria. It is said that President Trump intends to create an army of 60,000 to 65,000 anti-Assad soldiers in Syria. Out of these, about 30,000 will be for war and 35,000 will be for internal security, as reported by a leading news agency. The proposal demands additional advanced weaponry and military vehicles for these soldiers. The Pentagon has not commented on the report.
The war situation in Syria has deteriorated further and about 1000 people have been killed in the ongoing conflict in ‘Eastern Ghouta’ since the last two weeks. It is claimed that the Syrian regime and the Russian army are continuously carrying out attacks on ‘Eastern Ghouta’. At the same time, the United States is accusing the Syrian regime of using chemical weapons against its own people.
US Secretary of Defence, James Mattis has held the Syrian regime and Russia responsible for the chemical attacks. The United Nations report has also pointed a finger to the Syrian regime for the chemical attacks. Whereas, the Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu announced testing of 210 weapons by Russia in Syria which shows that Russia does not care about the allegations.