Obama ruled out deploying the United States’ ground troops in Syria, saying that the military efforts alone can’t solve country’s problems.
“It’d be a mistake for US, or Great Britain… to send in the ground troops and overthrow Assad regime,” he said in an interview with BBC.
Obama also said that he didn’t think that IS would be defeated in his last 9 months of office.
However, he said, “We can slowly shrink environment in which they operate.”
President Obama, who has recently been to the 3-day visit to United Kingdom warned that the Britain could take over 10 years to negotiate the trade deals with US if in June referendum it votes to leave EU
Obama also said that Syria was a “heart-breaking situation of the enormous complexity.”
“I do not think there are any simple solutions,” added Barrack Obama.
“In order for us to solve long-term problems in Syria, a military solution alone – and certainly us deploying ground troops – isn’t going to bring that about.”
The President said that the United States-led coalition would continue “to strike Islamic State targets in the places like Raqqa, & to try to isolate those portions of country, & lock down those portions of the country that’re sending foreign fighters into Europe”.
However, he said that the international community would’ve to continue to pressurize parties, including Iraq, Russia, and the moderate opposition groups “to sit down at table &try to broker a transition”.
President Barrack Obama said that Syria was 1 of many issues that’re “transnational in nature… & require a transnational response”.
He said: “It would be, I think, tempting, for a lot of people, to believe that we can pull up the drawbridge & that we can carve a moat around ourselves & not have to deal with the problems around world.”
Nevertheless, without cooperation and coalitions “we’re far weaker & we would not solve these problems,” he said.
However Obama finally said that he thinks that they can gradually shrink environment in which IS operates & take on the strongholds like Raqqa & Mosul and Raqqa, which are the beating hearts of their crusade.