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Thu Mar 9, 2017, 07:58 AM

Move against ISIS - US Marines on the ground in Syria

US marines join Raqqa offensive in Syria - CNN
Pentagon may send up to 1,000 soldiers against ISIS - Reuters

NEW YORK - The Trump administration is evaluating whether to send up to 1,000 soldiers to Kuwait as reserve forces in the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, according to Reuters, while CNN reported that a group of US Marines has already arrived in northern Syria to support local forces in an offensive against Raqqa.


Marines from an amphibious task force have left their ships in the Middle East and deployed to Syria, establishing an outpost from which they can fire artillery guns in support of the fight to oust the Islamic State from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, defense officials said.

The deployment marks a new escalation in the U.S. war in Syria, and puts more conventional U.S. troops in the battle. Several hundred Special Operations troops have advised local forces there for months, but the Pentagon has mostly shied away from using conventional forces in Syria. The new mission comes as the Trump administration weighs a plan to help Syrian rebels take back Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State. The plan also includes more Special Operations troops and attack helicopters.

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