The number of troops in Syria has been increased by the US ground troops. This is the first time US ground troops have been sent to Syria.
The US ground forces have been stationed in the surrounding areas of Tishrin Dam Northeast of Aleppo province after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized full control of the dam from the ISIL nearly two weeks ago, media reports disclosed on Friday.
“The US troops are presently in control of the Tishrin Dam,” the Arabic service of Deutsche Welle news channel quoted Syria’s Local Coordinating Committees as saying on Friday.
This is the first US deployment of ground forces in Syria after crisis started in the country in March 2011.
The US deployment runs counter to President Obama’s repeated claims that his country would have “no boots on the ground” in Iraq and Syria.
On November 25, the Syrian Local Coordinating Committees announced that the US officers and soldiers had entered the town of Kobani and on December 22 they set up an operations room with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of Mesrin in the Northern part of Aleppo province in a bid to take control of Tishrin Dam.
On December 26, the SDF seized control of Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates river at the border of Raqqa and Aleppo provinces and almost a dozen villages in the nearby regions in Northern Aleppo province.
Sources also said that US warplanes staged massive strikes on ISIL targets near the Dam.