Report: American forces assisting rebels against ISIS in Raqqa

A US Military official admitted that special forces have been sent to the city of Raqqa in northern Syria to assist the rebels in their fight against ISIS. The official admitted that the fighting in Syria is more complicated than Mosul as ISIS uses drones with explosives.
Archive Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

After Mosul was liberated from ISIS, yesterday (Wednesday), a US military official stated that US military advisers are operating in the city of Raqqa in Syria, another ISIS stronghold.

Colonel Ryan Dillon stated that these advisers are in fact combat soldiers, many of whom serve in special forces in the US military. Their role is to “advise, assist and accompany” the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their fight against ISIS.

Liberation of Mosul Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

The US military clarified that these advisers do not actively participate in the fighting. However, they direct the air strikes and make sure that the targets attacked have indeed been destroyed. “They are much more exposed to enemy contact than those in Iraq,” Dillon said. He claimed that fighting in Raqqa is more difficult due to ISIS’ success with using drones loaded with explosives.

The US military has withheld the number of troops sent to Syria over the years but admitted that hundreds of special operations troops have been sent to assist the rebels.

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