2015-10-30T150228Z_2_LYNXNPEB9T0U0_RTROPTP_2_MIDEAST-CRISIS-SYRIA-MISSILE

In policy shift, Obama to send U.S. special forces to Syria

People inspect a site hit by missiles fired by Syrian government forces on a busy marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, SyriaBy Arshad Mohammed, Phil Stewart and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will deploy dozens of special operations troops to northern Syria from next month to advise opposition forces in their fight against Islamic State, a major policy shift for President Barack Obama and a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East. The planned deployment, along with the U.S. decision this week to include Iran in diplomatic efforts to end the conflict, represents the biggest change in the United States’ Syria policy since it began a bombing campaign against Islamic State targets there in September 2014. Spokesman Josh Earnest declined to give details about their exact role.

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