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US Marine force deployed to Syria with artillery for Raqqa fight

By Rudaw 8/3/2017
US special forces in northern Syria, near the town of Manbij. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
US special forces in northern Syria, near the town of Manbij. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A US Marine force has been deployed to Syria to join the fight to oust ISIS from Raqqa, the Washington Post reported citing anonymous defense officials. 

The Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines ground force of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit was deployed to the country where they will establish an outpost and man artillery, including M777 Howitzers. 

According to the Washington Post, the Marines will have to be based within about 32 kilometres (20 miles) of the frontlines as that is the maximum range of the M777 Howitzers. 

The US currently has about 500 special forces in northern Syria carrying out advise and assist roles with their allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who are conducting a military operation to isolate Raqqa, ISIS’ self-declared capital in Syria. 

At the request of US President Donald Trump, the Pentagon formulated options to reinvigorate efforts to defeat ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. The preferred plan for retaking the city of Raqqa is reportedly to increase US troops in Syria and provide more arms to the SDF. 

On Monday, the SDF announced that they had severed the road between Raqqa and Deir ez-Zur to the east, cutting off a supply route for the extremist group and further isolating the militants in the city. 

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Dutchman | 8/3/2017
Whatever you think of Donald Trump, it is good to see that the US-YPG ties that started in Kobani are getting stronger every day. Run, IS rats, run.
The Kurdish.Boy | 9/3/2017
I agree with this wise and courageous move of President Trump to join his Kurdish friends in the common task to defeat the Islamist state of Ragga. The next move is to attack Turkey and destroy it altogether.After all it was Turkey who has been creating and supporting the I.S. of Raqqa and other Alcaida affiliated groups,and it is still Turkey who is preventing the Kurdish assault on Raqqa.I am sure that President Trump will do everything in support of the brave Kurds and will punish the Turks and destroy their Islamist State of Ankara.
Mohamedzzz | 9/3/2017
@The Kurdish.Boy: Erdogan is the source of all evil, he started the war with PKK just to win an unfair elections.
Eric from USA | 9/3/2017
Yay! Backing SDF is best route to peace and toloerance in E. Syria. My country should help them form their own country.
Kurdistan | 9/3/2017
US just supports Kurds against ISIS. After ISIS US will betray Kurds.
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