A no-fly zone over northeastern Syria and a buffer zone along the border between Syria and Turkey are among the options being considered by the Obama administration.

 

 

 

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin Dempsey said "a large ground force" might be needed to defeat ISIL (aka ISIS).

The Syrian rebels the United States has offered to arm and train for the fight against Islamic State terrorists say they need a "no-fly" zone in Syria to protect them from the air force of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The coalition formed to fight Islamic State terrorists has already become fractious, as the "moderate" Syrian rebels the United States is backing don't appreciate the bombing of their extremist friends. 

Americans have repeatedly been reassured that the counterterrorism offensive (or whatever it is that's not a war) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will not be an American ground war. In the jargon of war planners, there will be no American "boots on the ground."

And yet, 1,600 U.S. "advisors" are engaged in Iraq combat operations.