President Obama has reportedly been authorizing U.S. Special Operations forces to wage "small wars" against ISIS and al Qaeda-related terrorist groups in various hotspots in the Middle East and Africa (video below).
"We are attempting to identify opportunities to expand [Special Operations'] global presence, forward access and relationships to leverage opportunities short of crisis," Gen. Raymond Thomas, who commands U.S. Special Operations, recently told a Middle Eastern audience, notes CNN.
Unidentified military officials have reportedly said in private that ISIS came to power faster than the U.S. could respond, so the U.S. is trying to prevent that from happening again.
Special Operations forces have been sent to Libya, Somalia and Yemen to prevent ISIS and al Qaeda from gaining control.
While the U.S. military refers to many of these missions as "advising and assisting" the home countries, CNN reports that the U.S. is directly attacking terror targets in many cases.
CNN adds that about 50 U.S. troops are in southern Somalia advising and assisting in a fight against Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-related group.
There are also U.S. personnel in Cameroon and Niger conducting drone operations; Boko Haram is a target inside Nigeria.
More U.S. troops are in Yemen assisting Saudi and United Arab Emirates' forces in their battle against yet another al Qaeda-related group.
The Pentagon provides little information about these small wars other than saying that the troops are assisting and providing intelligence. Occasionally, a new term is tossed into the mix such as "concept of operations."
Despite these numerous operations that have been going on for some time, even years, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told radio host Michael Savage in February that Obama may not want to defeat ISIS because the president refuses to use the term "radical Islamic terrorism," which was coined by Republicans.
"It's radical Islamic terrorism, and we have a president who won't even use the words," Trump told Savage, noted WND.com. "If you don't use the words, you're never going to get rid of the problem."
"Maybe he doesn't want to get rid of the problem," Trump added. "I don't know exactly what's going on."