More US Troops Possible in Syria, Defense Sec. Ash Carter Says

More US Troops Possible in Syria, Defense Sec. Ash Carter SaysJust days after the White House announced that President Obama had authorized the deployment of a small contingent of special operations forces to the war-torn country of Syria, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said more American troops could “absolutely” be sent into the country if the United States can find more “capable” local forces to partner with in the fight against ISIS. The White House last month announced that approximately 50 special operations forces would deploy to Syria despite the president’s statements going back to 2013 that he would not commit American boots on the ground there.

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