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Dozens of US special operations forces will arrive in Syria “very soon,” as promised by President Barack Obama’s administration, a senior official said Sunday.
The troops will have the task of organizing local forces battling the self-proclaimed Islamic State in northern Syria, according to special envoy Brett McGurk.
In late October, Obama authorized no more than 50 special operations forces to deploy to northern Syria in a non-combatant, advisory role to help coordinate local ground troops and anti-IS coalition efforts.
originally posted by: olaru12
Can someone please tell me when "advisers" in a war torn land has ever worked out favorably for the US military?
All I can remember is an escalating conflict leading to more war and a protected involvement. Is the US ready for another war?
originally posted by: ketsuko
Dozens? As in 4 dozen because we were told there would be 50 total unless someone changed his mind since then.
originally posted by: InnerPeace2012
a reply to: olaru12
My mind hurts trying to comprehend the sense in all this.
Why send Advisers when there is really no political resolution in sight over resolving the conflict in Syria. The only thing that's surely going to do is escalate the confrontation between Assad's forces and Western backed rebels.
Reinforcements for a failed experiment
originally posted by: victor7
One thing I can't understand is US and friends have been bombing ISIS for more than a year and the bad guys are still standing tough. Seems US is pretty choosy in picking the targets.
Heck even Iraq capitulated in few days in 2003.
Guess once Russians are done with FSA then they will turn attention to ISIS and then real bombing will start.
originally posted by: intrptr
Thats how they play us. First they say, no boots on ground, then just "some" advisors, then "special" forces, then… by then it is old news, and everyone forgets there was no mandate to invade in the first place.