US plans to deploy additional 1000 troops in Syria
Up to 1,000 additional US troops could deploy to northern Syria under provisional plans drawn up by the Pentagon.
Pentagon officials said Thursday that the troops would not take a combat role but would support the allied assault on Raqqa, ISIS’ de facto capital in Syria, The Washington Post reported.
Currently, there are about 700 Special Forces and 300 Marines in Syria.
A US defense official said the new plans would allow for up to 1,000 more. "That’s one of the proposals that’s on the table for discussion," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The official said the troops would not be in direct combat, but rather serve in support roles for any additional capabilities the military requires in northern Syria, where a US-led coalition is training and backing the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the PKK’s Syria offshoot.
US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to draw up a plan to defeat ISIS in both Syria and Iraq. During the presidential campaign he said he would consider sending up to 30,000 soldiers to fight ISIS.