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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pentagon Resists Obama’s New Plan to Work With the Russians in Syria

The Daily Beast | http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/13/pentagon-resists-obama-s-new-plan-to-work-with-the-russians-in-syria.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign&utm_term=*Mideast%20Brief

Pentagon Resists Obama’s New Plan to Work With the Russians in Syria

The White House is pushing to cooperate with Putin’s forces in the fight against ISIS. But many in the U.S. military are saying: No way.
The Obama administration has increasingly warmed to a Russian proposal that allows U.S. forces to coordinate with the Kremlin in the ongoing war against ISIS in Syria. But the White House is facing major resistance to the idea from the U.S. military and those in the intelligence community who are working with local Syrian opposition forces—the very government officials who would carry out such a plan.
The pushback comes as the U.S. has reportedly sent a proposal to Russia to share information about specific targets to strike in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday in part to discuss the plan.
Some Pentagon officials already are saying it won’t work. They have suggested that should the U.S. and Russia agree to increased coordination, they will lobby to share as little with the Russians as possible.http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/13/pentagon-resists-obama-s-new-plan-to-work-with-the-russians-in-syria.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign&utm_term=*Mideast%20Brief

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