The retired Marine general chosen by President Obama to head the military efforts against ISIS is reportedly stepping down.
According to Bloomberg which cited four anonymous Obama administration officials, John R. Allen, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, will leave the job in November.
According to US officials, Allen is reportedly frustrated with a lack of resources to counter ISIS.
Meanwhile, administration officials have portrayed his decision to step down as one made out of concern for his wife’s poor health.
Press TV reports: According to the officials, who were not prepared to publicly announce Allen’s departure, he has already let his superiors know he will step down.
Allen’s chief of staff, Karin von Hippel, will also quit to join a British think tank.
“U.S. officials familiar with Allen’s decision say he has been frustrated with White House micromanagement of the war and its failure to provide adequate resources to the fight. He unsuccessfully tried to convince the administration to allow U.S. tactical air control teams to deploy on the ground to help pick targets for air strikes in Iraq,” said the Tuesday report.
Apart from support for the militants, the US military has also been leading a coalition to conduct airstrikes allegedly aimed at Daesh militants in Syria as well as Iraq since last year, despite which the Takfiris have gained ground in some of the regions.
Last month, the incoming Marine Corps Commandant, Lieutenant General Robert Neller, testified that the situation of the US fight was at a “stalemate” and the program to train militants there had yielded not more than four or five fighters.
“John Allen has put his heart and soul into trying to make the president’s strategy work,” said Derek Harvey, a former senior military intelligence official who worked with Allen at US Central Command. “I have sympathy for the hard task he was given because I do not believe the president’s team was fully on board and he was never empowered to bring the leadership necessary to achieve the mission.”