US Confirms More Ground Troops Sent to Syria

New Figure Includes Troops for Manbij, Raqqa Marines

Officials familiar with the situation say that the United States is deploying an “additional” 400 ground troops to Syria to fight against ISIS. The new figure includes the troops sent to Manbij and the artillery Marines sent to Raqqa recently, as well as some other, yet-to-be-deployed forces.

All told, this will slightly more than double the number of US troops in Syria, as when President Trump took office, estimates were of 300 or slightly more. The formal US cap on troops in Syria is 503, which basic math will show they have since far exceeded. This is true in Iraq as well, where the Pentagon long deliberately lied about the “official” deployment to Iraq to stay under the cap by labeling thousands of troops as “temporary,” but open-ended deployments.

It does not appear that this is the total escalation proposed in the plan delivered by the Pentagon early last week, but may be the first stage. This also does not include the “reserve” deployment of over 1,000 troops to Kuwait, which could be accessed at will by commanders in both Iraq and Syria for escalations.

Details on the Pentagon’s plans suggest that the goal is “rapid” progress against ISIS on the ground, particularly in Syria, though the rapidity appears purely optional since, particularly in the case of Iraq, officials say the deployments are basically permanent, and the troops will stay long after the war is over anyhow.

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  • John Driessler

    OVER THERE! OVER THERE!
    SEND THE WORD TO PREPARE
    ‘CAUSE THE YANKS ARE COMING
    THE DRUMS ARE DRUMMING EVERYWHERE
    SO BEWARE
    SAY A PRAYER
    ‘CAUSE THE YANKS ARE COMING!

    • Adalia

      Get a life idiot

      • John Driessler

        I lived a very full one thank you very much. Have you ever considered donating your brain to science? I am sure they could use the laugh.

    • deganawida

      what do you kill for?

      Ahh you bomb
      In the name of democracy
      They kill in the name
      Of islam
      Who is the greater fool?

      Tell the orphan
      Now he’s free
      Free to walk
      without mother
      Without his dad

      Tell the homeless
      You’ve wrecked the place
      Slaughtered so many
      And now you will leave
      Go do the same
      Down the road
      Till you suppress
      All those who say no

      Scorn the dead you’ve killed
      In the name of god
      For your country
      Other holy names
      You perverse and defame

      Its insanity to kill like this
      You got the might
      But never
      Ever
      Will have the right

      Back home
      Feed the bs machine
      Salute the troopers
      Praise be the killers
      Bend a knee
      Thank the troops

      Perpetual war
      For profit
      For a buck
      That cannon fodder
      Never share
      But the parades go on

      Insanity
      Insanity
      You gotta wake up
      Before its too late
      Before we’re great
      Again and again and again
      It’s all a criminal sham…

  • TellTheTruth-2

    Perhaps the NeoCON/Communist war mongers have Trump on the ropes and he’s trying to save his Presidency by starting a war with them. What a bad deal. Loser!

  • TellTheTruth-2

    Did Trump SELL OUT to the ZioCON/Communist war mongers? Trump Invades Syria … Make no mistake: this is big news. And very bad news .. http://www.globalresearch.ca/trump-invades-syria/5578671

    • arnieus

      Not a “sell out”. Donald doesn’t need money. More likely he woke up with a horse head in his bed.

  • deganawida

    We’re the syrians ‘asked’ if we could send in our troops as friendly legal immigrants doing good deeds?…What friggin irony..

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    When did we declare war on Syria?