The United States has deployed approximately 400 additional personnel to Syria as it struggles to de-escalate the conflict between NATO ally Turkey and the Syrian Kurds, who have proved to be Washington’s most effective partner against the Islamic State in Syria.

 

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The new deployments were first noted on 4 March, when Stryker armoured vehicles flying US flags were seen crossing the Euphrates river and heading towards the city of Manbij.

 

CJTF-OIR spokesman Colonel John Dorrian told journalists on 9 March that around 400 additional US personnel from the US Army Rangers and a US Marine Corps artillery unit had been deployed to Syria, saying the US military is “preparing logistical and fire support to enable a successful assault on Al-Raqqah: the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS [the Islamic State militant group]”.

 

 

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