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Pentagon chief announces 200 more US troops for Syria

AFP , Saturday 10 Dec 2016
Ashton Carter
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Washington will send another 200 troops to Syria to help an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters seize the Islamic State group bastion of Raqa, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said on Saturday.

"I can tell you today that the United States will deploy approximately 200 additional US forces in Syria," Carter told Gulf policymakers in the Bahraini capital Manama.

Washington already has some 300 special forces troops deployed as military advisers with the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance.

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