Obama approves two hundred fifty extra U. S. troops in Syria

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 3:07 AM

The president will create the announcement Monday in remarks at the Hanover Messe fairgrounds in Germany as portion of his farewell tour of Europe, reports CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan.

Obama approves two hundred fifty extra U. S. troops in Syria

President Obama is expected to announce Monday the approval of up to two hundred fifty extra military personnel maintain local forces interior war-ravaged Syria battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS,) a senior administration official confirmed to CBS News.

The president will create the announcement Monday in remarks at the Hanover Messe fairgrounds in Germany as portion of his farewell tour of Europe, reports CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan.

In December, President Obama admitted publicly for the first time that a tiny contingent of fifty or so elite U. S. commandos has begun working interior Syria to "tighten the squeeze" on ISIS.

Mr. Obama had made the announcement of the pre-planned invasion of fifty troops in a speech intended to prove his administration is stepping up the fight against the extremist group.

CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata met one of the groups American military personnel are working with interior northern Syria -- the Syrian Democratic Force. It's a newly-formed grouping made up largely of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

A local commander told D'Agata he'd met with U. S. forces on the ground in Syria who are helping to coordinate local militias, and providing equipment, intelligence and training. The commander said in addition to helping call in accurate airstrikes, the deployment symbolically shows that the U. S. is committed to the fight.

In neighboring Iraq, the Obama administration has also been incrementally increasing the American military presence in the fight against ISIS.

Latest week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the U. S. will send two hundred more troops and a no of Apache helicopters to Iraq to assist in the fight to retake Mosul, Iraq'south second-largest city that's currently below ISIS control.

The decision reflect weeks of discussions with commanders and Iraqi leaders, and a decision by President Barack Obama to expand the authorized troop level in Iraq by two hundred seventeen - or from 3.870 to 4.087.

Most of the extra troops would probably be Army special forces, who have been used to advise and assist the Iraqis. The remainder would comprise some trainers, security forces for the advisers, and more maintenance teams for the Apaches.

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