Between the national security Council and the Ministry of defence of the USA has any significant differences on the question of possible expansion of the operation against the «Islamic state» in Syria.
The extension Director serves for exploration of the NSS Ezra Cohen-Jacket. He was supported by the NSC adviser on the Middle East Derek Harvey. They propose to begin a ground offensive in southern Syria – in addition to the air force in the area of Raqqa.
This was opposed by the Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis. In his opinion, a large-scale military operation will lead to a confrontation with Iran that is not in the interests of the United States. The Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Joe Dunford shares this point of view.
According to the military, after the start of the operation may endanger long-term American military interests in the region. Worst case scenario – attack US military bases on the territory of Syria and Iraq.
A few days ago it became known that the United States was transferred from Jordan to Syria mobile multiple launch rocket system HIMARS. They are located on the basis of al-TANF in southern Syria. There are already American instructors.