John Kerry: Up to 30,000 Ground Troops Needed For Syria Safe Zone

by Carol Adl

John Kerry: Up to 30,000 Ground Troops Needed For Syria Safe Zone

John Kerry said it would take between 15,000 to 30,000 ground troops to maintain a ‘safe zone’ inside northern Syria.

Citing previously unheard of Pentagon estimates, the Secretary of State asked a Senate panel today: “Now are we ready to authorize that?”

ABC7 News reports:

Although a ceasefire is planned for this coming Saturday, there are growing calls within Washington for a so-called “Plan-B”: options for military action if the truce fails. Many Republicans, including Donald Trump, are calling for a “safe zone” in northern Syria to protect the increasing number of displaced people.

Kerry said today that creating a safe zone isn’t as simple as it sounds. In addition to controlling the airspace, Kerry said, a large troop presence would be required to shield the population from ISIS attacks on the ground.

 

“All this talk about safe zones does not go through the process of what it really means,” Kerry said.

“Our Pentagon estimates that to have a true safe zone in the north of the country you may have upwards of fifteen to thirty thousand troops. Now are we ready to authorize that? Are we ready to put them on the ground?”

Aside from the inherent physical and political risks of putting a large number of U.S. troops on the ground inside Syria, the U.S. worries about potential conflicts with Russia, which is also conducting an aerial bombing campaign over Syria. Creating a no-fly zone would most likely mean the U.S. would have to enforce that rule against Russian jets — a potentially dangerous scenario.

Nevertheless, Kerry said that the U.S. is considering other options if a ceasefire can’t be reached inside Syria.

Yesterday during testimony in front Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Kerry said it will be two or three months before the U.S. will know if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia are serious about a political transition process. If they’re not, he said, “‘Plan B’ options are being considered.”

Facing backlash from Senate Republicans who suggested President Obama has been unwilling to act in the past, Kerry said it would be a “mistake” for anyone to think the president won’t act this time around. “He has a record of making tough decisions,” Kerry said.

Officials say that other options being discussed should the ceasefire fail is increasing America’s covert support for theSyrian opposition groups. Officials insist that these are only discussions and no real “Plan B” is cemented.

In late November, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration was pressing Turkey to send additional troops to seal its border with Syria. Pentagon officials estimated that it could take as many as 30,000 troops to seal the border on the Turkish side to enable a broader humanitarian mission. A U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that the estimates were developed as part of an assessment several months ago.

In early December, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon estimated that the ground force needed to enforce a safe zone in northern Syria would be “substantial.”

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  • jan brady

    you know there’s a place not that much further south which would be a grand place to drop off some troops, ever heard of it, Megiddo? rumor is the Bible’s got lots of info about the place . . . and a big battle, the sound of trumpets . . .

    • AntiLieGuy

      The war in the Bible is the war thats going to destroy America and 90% of Americans in October.

  • joe

    cut the crap. You’ll not fool the Russians.”protecting the local population from ISIS…LOL As if they really care.If they cared they would not have created ISIS in the first place.You fool no one .The globalist just buying more time in order to get they foot in Syria.If they want a full war with Russia …

    • AIPAC Spy

      Here is the deal breaker: “Trump agrees with it”. As I have said all along? Trojan HorseTrump is the latest variant of zionist strategy. The Filth are EXPERTs on human psychology w/ all their algorithisms, stats studies… They know Hillary is hated so they bring in the ‘opposition’ who they pretend to hate to ‘prove’ he is antiestablishment. Reverse psychology for the mob. (The did same thing w/ Fed Reserve bill in 1913 after Panic of 1907. Had bankers themselves criticize and condemn it so angry populace would accept it, out of spite if needed.) think of it: Trump ‘Mr Jobs back to America” had all of his Macy’s clothing line made in CHINA. youtube on intv w/ Letterman is priceless. Big Mouth Billionaire was red faced and speechless. Not to mention he has declared bankruptcy over and over and over. W/ taxpayers bailing him out. Veterans? He led movement to evict vets off Fifth Ave cause it lowered Trump Tower prestige. Those vets were right to call him a hypcritical ahole. Foreign policy? this zionist bootlicker can insult the Pope, but he wouldnt DARE do it to Satanyahu or AIPAC. In fact he bloviates about how he loves and supports Israel. Daughter converted to Judaism, his ugly aping of Zionist hatred of Muslims should be a red flag of what is to come.
      Trojan Horse Trump another zioinfiltrator, and we’re seeing it here on Syria. If Trump demanded US NATO quit funding ISIS? We wouldnt need another “no fly zone”. No friends. Trump will benefit ISRAEL. WHOEVER wins will benefit Israel, and that is all that matters. So keep you eye on the true ball.

  • Stendec

    According to some sources there’s been a talk of thousands of a well Armed & trained Palestinian fighters already on the grounds in Syria with one special mission to find,locate and destroy U.S troops and then mount an all out assault South of the Syrian border in the heart of Jordan to flush the Americans in the Amman as i was told that Jordan is the American Jewel in the region that must be decapitated and the fall of Jordan kingdom must come about at any price.I do believe the swift and certain action of a major Palestinian uprising sleeping cells will first shock the Americans that their JEWEL will be taken away swiftly like the fall of the Iraqi capital Baghdad..

    • Zionist Subversion of America

      About how much crack do you smoke an an average day Stendec?

      • doodaa

        Synthetic, I would think.

  • legal eagle

    WHO made John Kerry the king of all things? Who does he think he is to assume he can dictate anything about a sovereign country? What boundless arrogance! And no one seems to wonder why the US is hated all over the world ?(hint: it has nothing to do with the mythical freedom they have or claim to have)

    • doodaa

      WHO made John Kerry the king of all things? Who does he think he is to assume he can dictate anything about a sovereign country? Well, for one thing, your President did and his controllers. Kerry would burn in Hell if there was one. Deep down, he knows he is screwing up. How that man sleeps at night, I don;t know. No conscience maybe?

      • Jo Syphus

        his conscience is gone with the foreskin

  • RememberBlackwater

    Can Russia’s Magrav Technology Thwart The Upcoming Stealth Attacks By The American-Arab-ISIS Coalition?

    http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=32245

  • James Leonard

    Put the safe zone inside Turkey. End of problem.

  • desertspeaks

    psst mr kerry, ANY incursion by US troops into the sovereign nation of Syria is an ACT OF WAR, it would violate the laws of nations, international law and a crime against humanity, and would make the US govt a TERRORIST ORGANIZATION!
    See 18 USC 2331 definitions https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2331

  • Mick McNulty

    Let’s partition the US and render it harmless instead of the great danger it has been since 1945.

  • AntiLieguy

    WW3 soon for Americans.
    The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

  • mikrat

    There ya go… Come on Parents, Root for your kids to get over there (or Stay there) and give the good fight for the Bankers – After all they fund BOTH Sides so that they will always win. Funny – That’s just like the “Elections” that you all think count.

    The best thing the military men could do would be to march on DC and the state capitols and HANG ALL the politicians and Bankers. If each nations Military did this at home – all this bullshit would end fast.

  • zencowboy61

    LOL…Im sure the russians will allow that….Syria is a Sovereign country…russia was invited there by the elected syrian Government….anyone else on Syria soil is considered a invader…Putin has said this numerous times…Good luck Kerry….enjoy being burnt to a crisp from a Russian ICBM…..not a good idea to piss off a country that has 5000 nukes……