US to send special forces to Syria, powers divided on Assad

A Syrian man mourns over the body of a relative following a reported airstrike by Syrian government forces on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern edges of the capital Damascus, on October 30, 2015The United States announced Friday its first sustained deployment of ground troops to Syria to help the anti-jihadist fight, as major powers remained divided over President Bashar al-Assad’s fate. The decision to send a small special forces team marks an escalation in Washington’s efforts to defeat the Islamic State (IS) group, which has seized Syrian territory despite more than a year of US-led air strikes. The White House rejected accusations that President Barack Obama was backtracking on a promise not to put boots on the ground.

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