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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-17-12 12:17 PM
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Source: East County Magazine

January 17, 2012 (San Diego) On January 2, a soldier in San Diego linked to Special Forces posted on his Facebook page that he was deploying to Syria. The soldiers Facebook page has been scrubbed, as well as almost all references to him. Still, this tantalizing piece of information startled readers, leading many to ask: does our country have troops in Syria and if so, why?

The likely presence of U.S. special forces inside Syria, a nation descending into civil war, may come as a surprise to the American public. But its no secret to many in Congress, where testimony before the Armed Services Committee as of last year by a top military official confirmed that the US has Special forces in over 20 Mideast countries including Syria, The Nation reported in 2010.

Admiral Eric Olson
According to U.S. Navy Admiral Eric Olson, outdoing chief of Special Operations Command, in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee last year said that the U.S. had special operations troops in 20 countries in the Middle East. The Nation further reported that Colonel Tim Nye estimated in August that by the end of 2011, the U.S. would likely have special forces deployed in 120 countries. . Thats a big jump from June 2010, when the Washington Post reported special operations in 70 countries. .

The Facebook posting raises additional questions. Why would a special forces soldier reveal the destination for a mission online? That answer may never be known, since according to family, he lost his life overseas and his body is en route home.

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This took a lot of work to dig out. By the way, the Solider is dead, and his command was the U.S. Special Operations Command.
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