Lt. Gen. James Glynn – the US Marine Corps three-star general who went to Israel to counsel the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) – has returned home, according to Marine Corps commandant Gen. Eric Smith, in comments to reporters in DC on Friday.
“Jim’s home, I talked to him last night,” Smith said. “Lt. Gen. Glynn went over to provide advice. But make no mistake – what is, has or will unfold in Gaza is purely an Israeli decision… He provided his expertise as the lead planner for a first marine expeditionary force going into the battle of Fallujah. He was asked to go over… and say, ‘Here’s what I learned,’ so we would call that a professional military exchange. He was over, he’s back now and he provided his experience to be taken, (or) not taken.”
Glynn is currently the deputy commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, and was previously the commander of Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC).
Some context: As CNN previously reported, the US and its allies have urged Israel to be clear about its goals in Gaza for a broader operation targeting the coastal enclave.
The US has warned against a prolonged occupation of Gaza and has placed a particular emphasis on avoiding civilian casualties, US and Western officials told CNN.
At least publicly, Israeli officials have articulated their plans only in broad strokes, saying that the goal is to eliminate Hamas and its infrastructure.
Previous reporting by CNN’s Natasha Bertrand, Oren Liebermann, MJ Lee and Katie Bo Lillis