What Will New US Forces Do in Syria?

1457512E-0D56-43DF-8945-5DF31910E88E_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy8_cw0{VOA NEWS / THE PENTAGON—The additional 250 U.S. special operations troops heading to Syria in the coming days will be a “force multiplier,” meeting with local fighters and providing expertise to Syrians willing to take on Islamic State, according to the Pentagon.

“This is as much about introductions and connections and seeing what we can do to support those forces, some of whom we don’t know yet,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters Monday. “That’s what the main task of these additional forces will be.”

President Barack Obama announced earlier in the day that the new personnel would join a team of about 50 U.S. troops already advising local fighters in Syria. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.