Pushkov called the statement of the chief of the Pentagon about the American special forces in Syria “a PR move”

Pushkov called the statement of the chief of the Pentagon about the American special forces in Syria “a PR move”

MOSCOW, January 25. The head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov believes that the Pentagon says about the work of U.S. special forces in Iraq and Syria to “seize the initiative in the fight against terrorists in the middle East”. This opinion he expressed in the program “Sunday evening with Vladimir Solovyov” on TV channel “Russia 1”.

“Ground operation, which they say is still basically the PR of the political plan,” Pushkov believes.

“Why (the head of the Pentagon Ashton) Carter instead of operate and prepare the division to mobilize military transport planes, he spoke about it publicly for the whole world? Americans need to seize the initiative in the middle East, because Syria is the place where is decided who will be the leader of the modern world”, – said the MP.

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The Minister of defense stated the need to use ground forces against ISIS

Earlier, U.S. Secretary of defense Ashton Carter stated the need to use ground forces in combat is prohibited in the Russian Federation terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG) in Iraq and Syria. Responding to a question broadcaster CNBC, will the coalition to use ground forces in the fighting against ISIS, Carter said: “it Should be understood that we are already using ground forces”. He explained that American military advisors and trainers, and did not rule out the possibility of increasing their numbers in the future.

Role posted recently in Syria, U.S. special forces Carter kept searching for armed opposition groups able to confront the militants and to help the international coalition led by Washington. However, he stressed that the main role in ground operations must still comply with the Iraqi security forces, the Kurds or the Syrian opposition.

The U.S. air force began bombing positions of the IG in Iraq from 8 August and Syria from 23 September 2014. In Iraq together with U.S. aircraft engaged in combat including aircraft from Australia, the UK, Jordan, Canada, the Netherlands and France, in Syria – Australia, Bahrain, UK, Jordan, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and France.


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).