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US increases its special forces in Syria as SDF begins Raqqa offensive | Stripes
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US increases its special forces in Syria as SDF begins Raqqa offensive | Stripes

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters began pushing into the Islamic State’s self-declared capital of Raqqa on Tuesday, opening a long-anticipated battle that could put American troops closer to the front lines than in any operation in Syria so far, Pentagon officials said.

In recent weeks, the United States has increased the size of its special operations advisory force embedded with the Syrian Democratic Forces as the group prepared its invasion of Raqqa, said Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman. Adding more American commandos to the fight will place them in a better position to provide real-time battlefield advice for what is certain to be the Syrian Democratic Forces’ toughest battle yet, he said.

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