US special forces backing Turkish operation against Islamic State

A number of US special forces in Syria are expected to back the Turkish military offensive in the north of the country at the request of Ankara, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.

The soldiers already have deployed, the spokesman told dpa, adding that they are to support Turkish units and moderate Syrian rebel groups in freeing the border region from Islamic State.

The deployment of the forces is delicate for the United States because Turkey is trying - with an offensive it launched in August - to prevent Syrian Kurds from taking over more territory.

The spokesman declined to provide details about the number of soldiers involved. He said the forces are part of a deployment of about 300 special forces already operating there. The Pentagon also declined to elaborate on their activities other than to say they were involved in training, advising and support.

Last update: Sat, 17/09/2016 - 09:53

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