US Special Forces to Be Sent Into Syria

Reversal for President Obama, who said in the past there would be no combat forces in Syria.
2:11 | 10/30/15

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To the other major headline breaking, the white house announcing for the first time, U.S. Ground troops will enter Syria to help in the fight against Isis. A reversal for president Obama, who has said in the past, there would be no U.S. Combat forces in Syria. Saying their mission will be to help train local forces. But in Iraq, U.S. Forces in a deadly fight. One American fighter, a father of four, killed in the line of duty. What could these American face? Here's Martha Raddatz. Reporter: This is what it can look like when U.S. Special operations forces are on the ground fighting Isis. Just last week, the first American combat death at the hands of the terror group in Iraq. And now, the U.S. Is sending special operations forces. Close to 50 of them to Syria with no promise from the white house that the number won't increase. I don't want to try to predict the future here. Reporter: Putting American troops on the ground in one of the most dangerous places on the planet is a major shift in the fight against Isis, but today the white house downplayed it again and again. They do not have a combat mission, train, advise and assist mission. Reporter: "Train, advise and assist" was also the promise made about American troops in Iraq. And yet the delta force was still pulled into that deadly firefight last week. And just look how the number of American troops in Iraq has climbed since June of 2014. Going from 300 to 1,600 and now to more than 3,500 troops. And Martha is with us now, live from Washington. A lot of the veterans' families will be asking, how can we be sure they won't be pulled into combat like in recent days? We can't be. Even though they say they will be in a headquarters, that does not mean they won't see combat. Martha, thank you. Turning now to the race for

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