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Friday, October 30, 2015

American Military Boots soon to be on the ground in Syria.

This link.

What specific tasking has been set? The Reuters item notes:

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to deploy dozens of special operations forces to northern Syria to advise opposition forces in their fight against Islamic State, a major shift and a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East.

The number of special operations troops in Syria would be fewer than 50, said a senior administration official, speaking ahead of an announcement on Friday by the administration. One U.S. official said the number was likely to be in the range of 20 to 30 but could not provide details.

[...] Although the United States has dispatched special operations forces into Syria in the past, including an operation in May that killed an Islamic State leader, Obama’s decision paves the way for longer-term deployments of American ground forces.

Hit squads? Longer-term hit squads?

Somebody in mainstream media should ask about rules of engagement these teams will have when they're installed as operative in the Syrian hinterlands.

The expected government response, "They will be special operations troop teams so the press is encouraged to conclude they in large measure will be conducting special operations while stationed within Syria."

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