US mulls boosting Kuwait force for Syria, Iraq deployment: Report

Washington is mulling the creation of a 1,000-strong Kuwait-based military force allegedly aimed at engaging Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

Citing unnamed officials, Reuters said in Wednesday report that the administration of US President Donald Trump was considering bolstering the country’s Kuwait-based troops by around 1,000 to act as reserve in the battle against terrorism.

“This is about providing options,” said a US official speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that the deployment would differ from the existing US forces stationed in Kuwait.

The officials noted that the decision on whether to send the troops to Kuwait is part of an ongoing evaluation of Washington’s strategy to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria, where some 6,000 US troops are currently deployed.

The officials refrained from mentioning if the rapidly deployable force has the support of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.   

Meanwhile, a US defense official announced that a…

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