U.S. is deploying an additional 400 troops for anti-ISIS terrorists’ offensive in Raqqa Syria. Raqqa is a self-proclaimed bastion capital in Syria.
According to U.S. Colonel John Dorrian, the 400 troops will be temporary. The colonel confirming the deployment noted that the long-term authorized level of U.S. troops in Syria would remain at 500.
ISIS jihadists are facing simultaneous offensives in northern Syria by government forces and Turkish backed rebel and a U.S.-led coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters.
The additional US troops include a Marines artillery unit being deployed with 155mm howitzers in support of the Raqqa offensive. Also deployed includes U.S. special operations troops equipped with Stryker armored vehicles.
U.S. special operations forces have been inside Syria since 2015, advising and training the Kurdish-Arab fighters, who are grouped under the umbrella of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The additional troops deployment comes amid calls by U.S. President Donald Trump for new plans to accelerate the pace of the war against the Islamic State group.