“Simply as I authorised further help for Iraqi forces towards ISIL, I’ve determined to extend U.S. help for native forces preventing ISIL in Syria, a small variety of particular operations forces are already on the bottom in Syria and their experience has been essential as native forces have pushed ISIL out of key areas,” Obama stated, utilizing one other acronym for the jihadist group.
“So given their success I’ve permitted the deployment of as much as 250 further U.S. personnel in Syria together with particular forces to maintain up this momentum,” he stated.
Obama burdened that U.S. troops won’t be main the struggle on the bottom however they are going to be important in coaching and aiding native forces.
“So make no mistake these terrorists will study the identical lesson as others earlier than them have, which is ‘your hatred is not any match for our nations united within the protection of our lifestyle,’ ” he stated, including that the rise would convey the variety of U.S. particular forces within the nation to as many as 300 troops, together with particular forces.
However the President stated he would proceed to pursue diplomatic options to ending the Syrian civil struggle.
“Simply as we stay relentless on the army entrance we’re not going to surrender on diplomacy to finish the civil conflict in Syria as a result of the struggling of the individuals in Syria has to finish and that requires an efficient political transition,” he stated.
The troops will probably be increasing the continued U.S. effort to deliver extra Syrian Arab fighters into models the U.S. helps in northern Syria which have largely been manned by the Kurds, an official informed CNN earlier.
The plan requires the extra U.S. forces to “advise and help” forces within the space whom the U.S. hopes might ultimately develop robust sufficient to take again territory round Raqqa, Syria, the place ISIS is predicated.
These troops usually are not anticipated to interact in fight operations or to take part in goal-to-kill groups however might be armed to defend themselves, one official stated.
“As we’ve famous in current days, the President has approved a collection of steps to extend help for our companions within the area, together with Iraqi safety forces in addition to native Syrian forces who’re taking the battle to ISIL,” a senior administration official CNN. “The President throughout his remarks on the Hannover Messe fairgrounds on Monday will converse to this extra step.”
The official stated the President was persuaded to take this extra step due to current successes towards ISIS.
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