US to deploy 200 more forces to Syria’s Raqqah as Aleppo liberation near

US to deploy 200 more forces to Syria’s Raqqah as Aleppo liberation near

The deployment comes at a time that Syrian army forces and their allies are advancing against terrorists in Aleppo and are now in control of 93 percent of the whole city.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The United States has announced plans to send 200 more troops to Syria to allegedly join operations aimed at retaking the Syrian city of Raqqah from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

"I can tell you today that the United States will deploy approximately 200 additional US forces in Syria," US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on Saturday.

Special forces as well as bomb disposal experts and trainers will be among the US troop reinforcements said to be tasked with helping the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters, in the Raqqah operations.

They will add to 300 American special forces already operating in violence-wracked Syria.

"We're now helping tens of thousands of local Syrian forces to isolate Raqqah," he said, adding that Syrian troops were only about 25 kilometers away from the city.

Damascus has already strongly criticized the United States for the deployment of its troops on Syrian soil, saying the move amounts to aggression against Syria's national sovereignty.

The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group declared Raqqah, which lies on the Euphrates River, the capital of its so-called caliphate in 2014.

Liberating Raqqah from the grip of Daesh would be a turning point in the conflict in Syria.

The deployment comes at a time that Syrian army forces and their allies are advancing against terrorists in Aleppo and are now in control of 93 percent of the whole city.

The army gains have alarmed the sponsors of Syria’s anti-Damascus militant groups.

Western and regional backers of Syria's opposition are expected to gather in Paris later on Saturday to discuss a ceasefire in Aleppo and a resumption of peace talks.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers from Europe, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan will take part in the Paris meeting.



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