US Officials Discuss Whether to Change ‘Rules of Engagement’ in Syria, Iraq

© AP Photo / Marko DrobnjakovicPilots onboard of the US Marine fighter jet aircrafthave flown missions into both Iraq and Syria, part of the over 6,800 airstrikes carried out since August 2014.
Pilots onboard of the US Marine fighter jet aircrafthave flown missions into both Iraq and Syria, part of the over 6,800 airstrikes carried out since August 2014. - Sputnik International
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US national security officials are holding internal discussions about whether the rules of engagement in the airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq should be changed, a senior Obama administration official told the media on Thursday.

A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet ( C foreground) is seen between U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jets at Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, December 11, 2015 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The discussions are focused on whether the "rules governing when airstrikes can occur should be loosened," CNN quoted the senior official as saying.

The comments come as President Barack Obama recently decided to send US special operations forces to northern Syria and intensify strikes in the region.

Specific ideas in the discussion include whether multiple confirmed intelligence sources should be handed over prior to US airstrikes being approved, and whether forces can ease coordination among its coalition, the senior official added.

While the White House and the departments of Defense and State are interested in the potential changes, no formal proposals or "immediate decisions expected," the official added.

The US-led coalition against the Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State, comprised of 65 nations has been fighting the terror group in Iraq since August 2014 and in Syria since September 2014, but without the request of the Syrian government or the approval of the UN Security Council.

The Islamic State, also known as Daesh in Arabic, is a designated terrorist organization that is outlawed in many countries, including in Russia.

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