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US sends hundreds of Marines to Raqqa ahead of planned attack200 Marines were deployed to Syria in order to assist the U.S.-backed local forces fighting ISIS, which are planning to launch a serious attack on Raqqa. About 4,000 ISIS terrorists are located within the city, according to U.S. intelligence.
Hundreds of Marines were sent to northern Syria in order to assist the U.S.-backed local forces fighting ISIS. According to reports, the forces are planning to advance toward Raqqa in the next few weeks. The Pentagon has not officially confirmed the report about the Marines joining the local forces.
Washington has been discussing the assistance given to the rebel militias and Kurdish forces, America’s allies in Syria, for weeks. A Pentagon official told the Washington Post, which broke the story about the Marines being sent to Syria, that both the White House and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis approved the deployment. According to CNN, about 100 Army Rangers are already in and around the Syrian city of Manbij.
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The Trump administration believes that the pressure on ISIS in Raqqa is a crucial part of the general fight against the murderous terrorist organization. Earlier this week, U.S. intelligence reported that ISIS leaders are attempting to leave the city, where there are about 4,000 ISIS terrorists.
Prior to the Iraqi forces’ invasion of Mosul, Marines were deployed to Iraq.
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