9 March 2017   Leave a comment

The US has decided to send additional troops to fight in Syria.  A new contingent of 200 soldiers, brings the number of American troops on the ground in Syria to about 700.  The troops are mobilizing to join in the attack against Daesh (the Islamic State) in the city of Raqqa.  Initial information suggests that the US troops will be working with Kurdish troops, a move that will certainly anger its ally, Turkey, which is also opposed to Daesh.  The defeat of Daesh in Raqqa would be largely symbolic since the operational effectiveness of Daesh as a central organizing operation has been steadily waning in recent months.  Left unstated is who will control Raqqa once the insurgents are defeated.

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Posted March 9, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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