General: US Won’t Send More Troops to Syria for Turkey Patrols

Previous reports suggested US would send 150 more troops to north Syria

With Turkey reportedly unhappy at the rate in which the US is participating in joint patrols on the Syrian border, a Thursday report claimed the Pentagon would send about 150 more troops to Syria to participate.

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the head of CENTCOM, insists that’s not the case, saying that the US has no intention of increasing its presence in Syria just for patrols, and that he believes the US has enough troops as it is.

Reports estimated that the US has in the ballpark of 1,000 troops in Syria right now, and that there aren’t plans to increase that at all. The exact figures are difficult to say with certainty, as the Pentagon no longer publicly confirms troop levels.

Turkish officials have said the US involvement in the patrols is only “cosmetic” and that they are deliberately dragging their feet. Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu has threatened to send troops to unilaterally conduct the operations.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.