US special forces heading into Syria

Published: Friday 30th October 2015 by The News Editor

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US special operations forces are to be deployed to northern Syria to work with local troops in the fight against Islamic State militants, according to senior US officials.

The deployment marks the first time US troops have worked openly on the ground in Syria.

US officials say president Barack Obama ordered the deployment of fewer than 50 commandos to help coalition forces co-ordinate with local troops.

One official said the US will also be sending additional aircraft, including F-15 fighters and A-10 air support planes to Incirlik air base in Turkey.

Published: Friday 30th October 2015 by The News Editor

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