The President of United States of America, Barack Obama in a speech in Hannover, Germany announced today that an additional 250 special operations forces will be sent to Syria in the coming weeks and he also added that deploying of special forces is an effort to stem the influence and spread of Islamic State In Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
He said, “Just as I approved additional support for Iraqi forces against ISIL, I have decided to increase United States support for local forces fighting ISIL in Syria, a small number of special operations forces are already on the ground in Syria and their expertise has been critical as local forces have driven ISIL out of key areas”.
He maintained that, “So given their success I have approved the deployment of up to 250 additional United States personnel in Syria including Special Forces to keep up this momentum”.
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Obama stressed that United States troops will not be leading the fight on the ground but they will be essential in training and assisting local forces. He said, “So make no mistake these terrorists will learn the same lessons as others before them have, which is ‘your hatred is no match for our nations united in the defense of our way of life’. He added that the increase would bring the number of U.S. Special Forces in the country to as many as 300 troops, including Special Forces.
But the President said he would continue to pursue diplomatic solutions to ending the Syrian civil war. He said that, “Just as we remain relentless on the military front we are not going to give up on diplomacy to end the civil war in Syria because the suffering of the people in Syria has to end and that requires an effective political transition”.