Kirby: ‘I Don’t Know’ that Obama Ever Ruled out Boots on the Ground in Syria

‘The policy was that we weren’t going to engage in large-ground combat operations, large-scale offensive ground operations against ISIL, and that is still not going to occur’

Kirby: ‘I Don’t Know’ That Obama Ever Ruled Out Boots on the Ground in Syria (The Washington Free Beacon)

State Department spokesman John Kirby said Friday that he did not know whether President Obama ever ruled out putting boots on the ground in Syria, despite the Obama administration’s long-standing narrative that it would not enter ground combat in Syria.

When Reuters reporter Arshad Mohammed asked Kirby whether the decision to deploy “less than 50” Special Operations forces to Syria was a change in policy, Kirby said no.

“So your previous policy did not encompass putting boots on the ground in Syria, your current strategy as outlined by the White House does include putting boots on the ground in Syria, but there is no change in policy there?” Mohammed asked.

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