Pentagon Refuses To Disclose How Many U.S. Troops Are Fighting ISIS

[Editor’s note: Plausible Deniability. Many of the forces fighting to bring down Assad in Iraq and Syria who have American citizenship, are employed by mercenary companies and not under the direct control of the Pentagon. These mercenary companies receive their funding from “private”corporations, investors and other countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. They are supposedly “fighting ISIS”when in fact they are training ISIS in countries like Jordan and are part and parcel of the so-called “rebel” Syrian groups, who in fact are Al-Qadea re-branded under a variety of different names.Many are closely tied to the CIA.

Plausible Deniability is a phrase coined by the CIA itself “to describe the withholding of information from senior officials in order to protect them from repercussions in the event that illegal or unpopular activities by the CIA became public knowledge.”

A large sum of their funding comes from the narcotics industry currently running out of Afghanistan and shipped out of NATO bases, through Turkey and into the Caucuses  to Russia and through the Balkans ( what once was Yugoslavia but got balkanized) into Europe. Closely linked to the narcotics trade are also included human trafficking and organ harvesting. These private mercenary armies are a very lucrative business as are these wars for the military industrial arms sales by corporations. 

Because these are private mercenary armies with so-called private funding, this gives the US gov and the Pentagon “plausible deniability,” and cannot be held to account for war crimes or human rights abuses. It is part and parcel of a similar structure in the TPP and the TTIP agreements where corporations are not accountable to any government, and can sue any government in their private law courts should the laws of that government result in the corporation losing profits. This is called “corporate fascism”and it is not capitalism where companies are answerable to the laws of any country regarding health regulations, wage and environment concerns with checks and balances against monopolies.

From an historical perspective,and going back almost 1,000 years, the Vatican who was in a schism with the Orthodox Church in Constantinople (Istanbul) and still is today, supported the crusades. However, in order to claim plausible deniability  mercenary armies were used in the attack on the Haggia Sophia in the Orthodox Christian Byzantine Empire (Greece) who were funded by the Jewish Venetian bankers [Today the equivalent of Goldman Sachs, financial advisor to the Vatican.] This funding was repaid with interest with loot stolen from the city, whilst the religious treasures, books and ancient documents and art works were carted off to Rome and now sit in the Vatican. The Vatican still claims that it was not complicit in this barbaric attack by Christians on Christians.Pope Innocent III was far from innocent. While he was attacking Christians in the east with mercenary armies he was also attacking them in the west in the Languedoc. Out of these wars arose the Inquisition which persecuted the people of Europe for the next 700 years and burnt them at the stake. What began as a covert operation using mercenaries turned into Roman Catholic religious and political policy. See: The Sack of Constantinople by the Crusaders, Cathars and Cathar Beliefs in the Languedoc, Cathar Wars or “Albigensian Crusade”,  St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, US Backed Rebels Killing Orthodox Christians In Syria Another Crusade? : Ukrainian nationalism – its roots and nature nothing has changed. ]

from Zero Hedge: 

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The United States will deploy dozens of special operations forces to northern Syria to advise opposition forces in their fight against Islamic State, a major policy shift for President Barack Obama and a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East.


Given this new “strategy,” if we can even call it that, I thought it’d be useful to share with readers the 16 times Obama has publicly promised over the last couple of years to not send ground forces into Syria.


From last year’s post: Obama Announces “Boots on the Ground” in Syria, Despite Promising “No Boots on the Ground” 16 Times

With American media once again singularly obsessed with the latest thing Donald Trump said, you might be surprised to find out that actual news is occurring.

What I’m referring to specifically is the latest incident of transparency-flouting from the self-proclaimed “most transparent administration” ever. Namely, the U.S. military’s refusal to disclose how many American soldiers are engaged in combat against ISIS.

The Hill reports:

The Pentagon has declined to say how many U.S. troops are actually on the ground in Iraq and Syria more than two years after the first deployments to fight the Islamic State.


The military only shares the number of full-time troops deployed, known as the “force management level” or FML.


That figure is currently about 3,825 in Iraq and 300 in Syria, but the number of troops on the ground, including temporary deployments, is much higher.


There are an additional 800 to 900 U.S. troops and defense personnel temporarily deployed to Iraq, a figure that a defense official says “tends to run around.”


It’s unclear how many temporary troops are in Syria.


A Central Command spokesman acknowledged to The Hill that some troops that temporarily deploy aren’t counted. In some cases, that’s included senior officials on “personnel visits.” 

So kinda like the unemployment rate?

Some worry that officials are hiding the deepening U.S. involvement in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

You don’t say.

The pressure for the Pentagon to release the actual troop numbers comes as the administration faces questions from both parties about the strategy to fight ISIS and with no signs Congress is close to a deal on a war authorization.

Who needs Congress when you can just do whatever the fuck you want.

The issue has been simmering for months. Defense officials have rejected repeated requests from reporters for the actual numbers.


“There’s been a decision made not to release that number,” Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman, told reporters on March 21. “The number that we release is our force management level… I don’t have a reason for not releasing this number other than it’s the orders that I’m under.”


On Wednesday, a defense official again said the actual number won’t be made public, a decision from the office of the Defense Secretary and Centcom.


A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs said the number of troops deployed on a temporary basis can change widely day-to-day, and it would be too difficult to explain the numbers to the public. 

Well that’s a new one. The American public is too stupid to understand!

The current force management level is 3,825 in Iraq and 300 in Syria, There are 800 additional troops and personnel temporarily deployed to Iraq and another 100 U.S. troops at the Office of Security Cooperation in Baghdad, which technically falls under the State Department and is not counted.


And there are more troops on the way: The administration is deploying about 400 more troops to Iraq soon. The Pentagon room also has room to deploy an additional 422 troops at any time under caps set by President Obama.


Those deployments would bring the total number of troops in Iraq and Syria to 5,847 — well above the Pentagon’s publicly released force management level.


But even that number doesn’t include troops involved in the ISIS fight stationed elsewhere in the Middle East, outside of Iraq and Syria.


Centcom told The Hill on May 4 that there were 700 additional U.S. troops fighting ISIS in the region. But weeks later, Col. Warren publicly said the number was actually “several thousand others throughout the region and 1000s more back home.”


That also doesn’t include 1,605 American defense contractors in Iraq and an unknown number in Syria.

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it sure sounds like they’re trying to hide something.

For now, there is no sign officials will be more forthcoming.

If you like your transparency, you can keep your transparency.

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