President Obama Adding US Troops in Syria to Keep Up 'Momentum' Against ISIS

The president will deploy 250 additional Special Operations Forces to Syria.

"I've decided to increase U.S. support for local forces fighting ISIL in Syria," the president said today in a speech in Hanover, Germany, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State. "They’re not going to be leading the fight on the ground, but they will be essential in providing the training and assisting local forces that continue to drive ISIL back."

The president will deploy an additional 250 Special Operations Forces to Syria to assist local forces in their fight against ISIS. This adds to the 50 personnel aiding fighters in Syria, bringing the total number of US troops in the country to 300.

"These terrorists are doing everything in their power to strike our cities and kill our citizens so we need to do everything in our power to stop them," he said.

“Obviously, any special forces troops that we deploy into Iraq or Syria are going to be combat-equipped troops. They may be in circumstances where they find themselves in harm’s way because these are dangerous places,” Rhodes told reporters today. “They’re not being sent there on a combat mission. They’re being sent there on a mission to be advising and assisting and supporting the forces that are fighting against ISIL on the ground.”

"Everybody is in this fight," Rhodes said. "We will do our part, but this will only succeed if we are working together as a coalition and as a global community to stamp out the threat of ISIL."

President Obama will urge European leaders to expand intelligence sharing as ISIS continues to pose a threat to their countries in the wake of the attacks in Paris and Brussels.

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