WP: US Military Plans Additional 1,000 Troops in Syria


Time: 10:00 p.m. CEST

The U.S. military prepared plans to deploy up to 1,000 more troops in northern Syria, the Washington Post writes. The plans are to expand the American presence before the offensive to Raqqa that is under the Islamic State group control. If Defense Secretary Jim Mattis would approve the deployment, that would increase the number of U.S. forces in Syria. The U.S. has about 500 Special Operation forces that are already in Syria, in addition to about 250 Rangers and 200 Marines. The new troops will arrive of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Those are conventional troops and would operate like their counterparts in the Iraqi city of Mosul as support to the Special Operation forces.

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