U.S. to send dozens of special forces to Syria as first boots on ground




 
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U.S. to send dozens of special forces to Syria as first boots on ground
 
October 30th, 2015  
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U.S. to send dozens of special forces to Syria as first boots on ground
By Sabine Siebold, Parisa Hafezi and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials disclosed plans on Friday to station the first American boots on the ground in Syria in the war against Islamic State fighters, saying dozens of special forces troops would be sent as advisers to groups fighting against the jihadists. The announcement of the small ground force came as diplomats from more than a dozen countries held talks over Syria, which for the first time in the 4-year civil war were attended by President Bashar al-Assad's main ally Iran. In a rare hint of diplomatic progress, Tehran signaled it would back a six-month political "transition" period in Syria followed by elections to decide Assad's fate, although his foes rejected the proposal as a trick to keep the president in power.




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