American special forces in Syria to avoid involvement in the long-running civil war


Civilians in Raqqa observe movement of U.S.-led warplanes. File photo

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that the American special troops being sent to Syria will only fight militants of the Islamic State (ISIS).

The U.S. special forces “won’t become involved in the long-running civil war” in Syria, according to Kerry. 

Considering ISIS a “threat to every nation”, Kerry stressed that the U.S. policy is clear; “the group must be defeated”.

On Friday, U.S. officials revealed plans to send special forces to Syria to participate in the fighting against the ISIS radical group. 

The special forces will be deployed with military advisers to help the Kurdish and Arab rebel forces fighting against ISIS jihadists in northern Syria. 

U.S. President Barack Obama has reportedly authorized sending some 50 U.S. Special Forces to northern Syria to combat ISIS. 

Washington put no timetable on how long the U.S. forces would stay in Syria.

However, Obama has previously stated that the anti-ISIS campaign in Syria and Iraq would most likely last beyond his presidency. 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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