U.S. President Barack Obama announced additional deployment of 250 Special Forces in the ongoing military operations in Syria.
President Obama ordered a significant increase in the number of the U.S. Special Operations Forces in Syria calling on European Union nations to ramp up contributions to support the coalition troops battling Islamic State in Syria.
Obama said up to 250 additional personnel will join a team of about 50 U.S. troops in Syria saying the additional deployment as crucial.
Earlier in April, the United States deployed additional 200 troops and several attack Apache helicopters to Iraqi to boost on the fight against the Islamic State.
Onama confirmed that U.S. troops will not be leading the fight on the ground but they be pivotal in providing essential training and logistical assistance to the local forces as they continue to drive ISIL back from their held territories.
Obama in his remarks called on America’s and European partners to step up their efforts for “our collective security.”
“These terrorists are doing everything in their power to strike our cities and kill our citizens so we need to do everything in our power to stop them,” he argued.
“None of us can solve this problem by ourselves. Even as European countries make important contributions against ISIL, Europe, including NATO can still do more,” Obama said.
President Obama also stressed the importance of a strong, prosperous and united Europe to defeat the ills of terrorism.
Obama was speaking at an industrial trade fair Monday 25th April 2016 in Hannover, Germany.