Obama to Send 250 Additional Military Personnel to Syria, Official Says

It will include mix of special operations and support personnel.

The personnel will include a mix of special operations forces and support personnel, the official said. The president will discuss this step during remarks at the Hannover Messe fairgrounds in Germany Monday morning.

In an interview with the BBC released today, Obama again ruled out deploying ground troops to Syria and discussed the importance of the campaign to defeat ISIS.

"It would be a mistake for the United States, or Great Britain ... to send in ground troops and overthrow the [Bashar al-] Assad regime," he told the BBC.

"Prosecuting the campaign against ISIL is critical, and although I don't anticipate that in the next nine months it will be finished, because, unfortunately, even a small pocket of extremists, if they're prepared to die themselves, can still wreak havoc on many of our cities. But I do think that we can slowly shrink the environment in which they operate and take on strongholds like Mosul and Raqqa that are the beating heart of their movement," he said.

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