Two hundred U.S. Marine soldiers just arrived in Syria with howitzer guns to support the fight against ISIS’ “headquarters” in the city of Raqqa.
There were also recent deployments of smaller groups of Army Rangers and military vehicles in Manbij, Syria — apparently to reduce the tension between Turkish fighters and Syrian militias and keep them focused on fighting ISIS.
In total, there are 400 U.S. soldiers in Syria now.
It appears the U.S. is also prepared to send up to 1,000 U.S. soldiers to Kuwait to provide support in the fight against ISIS.
There are already some U.S. artillery forces in Mosul, Iraq to support Iraqi military to take the city away from ISIS. That battle has been going on for several months now.
It appears the U.S. soldiers will do the same approach in Syria — to provide weapons support while the Syrian soldiers will do the boots on ground fighting.
It is a complicated situation for the U.S. military — as there are several armed Syrian or Kurdish groups that will want control of Raqqa when ISIS is pushed out — some of them are against one another and have different allies whether it be Turkey, US, or Russia.
Those actions are giving us clues on how the Trump administration will approach its military strategy against ISIS.
Sadly, there was a report that at least 20 civilians, including some children, were recently killed by U.S. coalition airstrikes in Raqqa.
AP Article: http://apne.ws/2n94jtz
NYT Article: http://nyti.ms/2mpQLeQ