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President Obama to Send Special Forces into Syria and Iraq

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

WASHINGTON —  More troops will be in Syria to help the local officials fight against the so-called anti-government group in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria , according to a White House aide.

On Friday President Obama authorized dozens of Special Operations Forces to Syria. This would be the first time US troops work on the ground, officials said.

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This move by President Barack Obama is a part of the overall effort to deter terrorist activities in the region.

Several other steps were also announced Friday, including a new potential deployment to Iraq.

According to reports, White House officials are working with the Iraqi government to set up a “Special Operations Force task force to further enhance our ability to target ISIL leaders and networks.” That includes sending special aircrafts, including F-15 fighters and A-10s to the Incirlik air base in Turkey.

Additionally, Coalition aircraft also hit Islamic State fighting positions, weapons and other targets near five Iraqi cities, including Sinjar and Tal Afar, a military statement released on Friday said.

Reuters first reported that the administration was sending forces to Syria to serve as advisers.

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