Saturday, September 17, 2016

U.S. Special Forces Working With The Turkish Army In Syria

Washington Post: U.S. Special Operations forces begin new role alongside Turkish troops in Syria

U.S. Special Operations forces have begun partnering with Turkish troops and a contingent of Syrian opposition groups for a new operation in northern Syria, defense officials said Friday.

The move comes just weeks after Turkey launched a blitz operation over the Turkish border, seizing the northern city of Jarabulus and injecting a new dynamic into the five-year-old conflict.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement that the contingent of Special Operations forces assisting the Turkish and Syrian forces around the cities of Jarabulus and Al-Rai was sent at the request of the Turkish government. It is unclear how many U.S. troops have been sent to assist in the operation, though a video posted online Friday depicted about a dozen U.S. troops driving out of Al-Rai as Syrian fighters called them “pigs” and “dogs.”

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More News On U.S. Special Forces Working With The Turkish Army In Syria

US Special Forces join Turkish troops in Syria -- CNN
U.S. Special Forces to Aid Turkish Troops in Syria -- WSJ
US Special Forces to back Turkish troops in Syria -- France 24
Special Ops forces help Turkish troops in Syria; allied rebels turn against U.S. troops -- UPI
U.S. troops are now advising Turkish ground forces fighting ISIS in Syria -- Military Times
US special forces are helping Turkey clear out ISIS strongholds in Syria -- Vice News
Forty US special forces soldiers to work with Turkey in Syria -- Rudaw
U.S. Forces Helping Turkey Clear Islamic State in Syria -- Bloomberg
US troops join Turkey’s along Syria border -- Middle East Monitor


James said...

This video showing US and Turks working together puts Turkey's demand to be in on the retaking of Mosul in a new light.

RRH said...

This is not helping matters.

Matthew Dupuis said...

Turkish tanks backed by Syrian rebels - and U.S. Special forces - are moving to take Syrian territory right up to Syrian troop positions east of Aleppo; what will happen when Turkish tanks are looking eyeball-to-eyeball with their Syrian counterparts? Is this ceasefire only a pause before the west pushes to break the siege of Aleppo?

RRH said...

The Tiger won't blink.

Jay Farquharson said...

It was only a matter of time before the US support for ISIS and al Quida became open and obvious.