US Marines have been deployed to Syria

US Marines have been deployed to Syria

US Marines have been deployed to Syria

U.S. -Turkey relations would be harmed if the United States goes ahead with its plan to partner with a Kurdish militia in Syria to clear the Islamic State from its de facto capital of Raqqa, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Thursday.

While Turkey has not yet agreed to work with the Kurds (included in the SDF) to retake Raqqa, the U.S.is discussing what role they could play.

The United States has sent a Marine Corps artillery battery into Syria to help defeat the Islamic State group in Raqa, the capital of their supposed caliphate, a U.S. official said. Much of the foreign policy establishment in Washington were lobbying intensely for more US skin in the game, which boiled down to a combination of more powerful weapons systems to the moderate Syrian opposition, holding fast and true to the "red line" that he announced on chemical weapons, and creating safe zones or a no-fly zone to protect civilians from being bombarded by Assad's war machine. "You can not use one terror organization to fight another terrorist organization". He saidthe US military can't just leave once the fighting stops, because the Syrians need help ensuring a peaceful transition to local control.

When President Obama deployed 250 special forces to Syria in April 2016, despite repeatedly promising not to put US "boots on the ground" in Syria, State Department Spokesman John Kirby tried to parse the meaning of "boots on the ground" to exclude special forces.

"Manbij is liberated, and there's no need for further fighting there", Davis said. At the same time the SDF was closing on Raqqa more rapidly then expected, coming to within 20 kilometers of the city center on March 9.

"The number of our forces is now increasing, particularly from among the people of the area, and we have enough strength to liberate Raqqa with support from the coalition forces", the SDF spokeswoman, Jihan Ahmed, said.

At least eight children and six women were among the dead in Al-Matab, held by the Islamic State group.

Craig said the deployment is temporary.

Although several hundred United States special forces troops have been active in the area for some months now, the move marks the largest deployment of America's conventional forces in Syria since the civil war began six years ago.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, comprising Kurdish and Arab Syrian fighting groups, has been making steady progress toward Raqqa, cutting off a key escape route out of the city just days ago.

Adding to the tensions in the region: Last week, those Kurdish militias were displaced by Russian-backed forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The forces will largely be drawn from the 82nd Airborne division and will be used at the discretion of ground commanders in the ISIS fight.

"The Turkish aggression on Syrian territory is an attempt to stop the successes and advances that the Syrian army is achieving in its war against terrorist groups and their affiliates", the source said.

He suggested that when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has his first meeting with Trump, he would raise objections to Trump's use of phrases like "radical Islamic terrorism".

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