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Obama to Announce Deployment of Additional Troops to Syria

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US President Barack Obama is expected to announce the deployment of additional 250 military personnel to Syria on Monday, the US media reported.

The deployment will expand the US military presence in the country from just 50 special operations forces to 250 service members, the Wall Street Journal said, citing senior US officials.

The president signed off on the plan only recently after his advisers convinced him that increased US presence would help the Pentagon make new gains against the Islamic State (Daesh), a terror group outlawed by the United States, Russia and other nations, which is in control of large swaths of Syrian land.

According to the outlet’s sources, the troops will not likely engage in combat operations, although they will be close to the front line. Instead, they will provide intelligence, medical and logistics support to Arab fighters in northern Syria. It is not clear how many of them will be with special operations forces.

Obama is anticipated to announce his decision in Hannover, Germany, where he will inaugurate the Hannover Messe, which is the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology. The fair will take place from Monday through Friday.


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