The United States has increased its armed forces in the Middle East in order to combat the caliphate – an all-Islamic government – declared by the terror group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in the areas under its control, according to retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely.
"We've plussed up American forces over there now above 800, maybe going to 1,000," Vallely told "America’s Forum" hosts J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on Newsmax TV.
"Some more FBI, CIA, we have special operations now on the ground able to designate targets. It looks like they're planning some drone attacks against some of the ISIS leaders, just like we did in Afghanistan and Pakistan."
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With ISIS on the move, Jordan’s borders are now under threat, according to Vallely, with the organization ultimately targeting Israel and the United States.
The caliph (head of the caliphate), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has urged all Muslims to return to their states and insist on their rights, yet another signal that the United States needs to act swiftly and purposefully, which it has failed to do thus far while other countries have taken a lead, Vallely said.
"We're doing nothing at this point in time other than threats over there," he said. "We're not taking the offensive. First of all, you've got to neutralize them. That has a great psychological effect. Once you start doing that, we've done nothing to even take the first step toward that. Now, you have even Iran conducting a little psychological operations over there, they brought in three battalions of their Kurd forces revolutionary guard. Russians now even psychologically have an impact over there because they brought in Russian fighters with Russian pilots."
Vallely also noted that Israel, in response to the murders of three teenagers,
is planning "aggressive, phased operations against Hamas" because Hamas is supported by Iran.
"Iran is over there supporting a number of terror groups," according to Vallely. "I mean it's really a pretty complex situation on that chess board over there."
Israel’s borders are not only in jeopardy at the Gaza and the West Bank but also to the north with Syria and Lebanon.
Vallely reacted with skepticism to a U.S. request for Israel to "act with restraint."
"It's a typical response, you know. Sit back and watch while the others spread their evil around the world. You've got to be aggressive in this war, and this is a war to save the world and save democracy, to save Israel, to save the United States, and we've got to get tough, America's got to do something, as well as some of the other countries over there."
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