Pentagon chief announces 200 more US troops for Syria

Western special forces, supporting the US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces, deploy on the frontline on November 6, 2016, as they launch an offensive on the Islamic State group's positionsWashington will send another 200 troops to Syria to help an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters seize the Islamic State group bastion of Raqa, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said on Saturday. The operation coincides with a vast US-backed offensive to retake Iraq’s second city of Mosul from the jihadists, forming a twin-pronged campaign intended to deliver a knockout blow to the “caliphate” they declared across Iraq and Syria in 2014. The two cities are the last major urban centres under IS control after the jihadists suffered a string of territorial losses in both countries over the past year.

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