US troops inside ISIS stronghold Raqqa

https://www.rt.com/usa/396159-us-troops-inside-isis-stronghold-raqqa/

US military advisors are operating inside the city of Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group’s stronghold in Syria, a US military official said Wednesday.

The US troops, many of them special operations forces, are working in an “advise, assist and accompany” role, AFP quoted Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), as saying.

The troops are supporting local fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), he added.

They are much more exposed to enemy contact than those in Iraq,” Dillon said.

However, he added that they are not in a direct combat role but are calling in airstrikes.

Commenting about the numbers of US forces there, he said that it’s “not hundreds.” The US has been vague about the number of its military forces operating in Syria.

While the UN has called the humanitarian situation in the city “dire,” the SDF supported by the US has been pushing inside the city since last month.

In response to the offensive, IS has been increasing its use of drones carrying explosives. “Over the course over the last week or two, it has increased as we’ve continued to push in closer inside of Raqqa city center,” said Dillon.

According to UN officials, up to 50,000 people remain trapped in the city amid the offensive while escape routes are being sealed off.

The availability of food, water, medicine, electricity and other essentials has been dwindling, Andrej Mahecic, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency, said Wednesday.

UN warnings of the “staggering” number of civilian casualties in Raqqa have been denied by coalition commanders as exaggeration, but the dire reports have been backed up by monitoring groups.

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boots on the ground..

“Commenting about the numbers of US forces there, he said that it’s “not hundreds.” The US has been vague about the number of its military forces operating in Syria.”

how long will they stay?

401

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~ by seeker401 on July 14, 2017.

One Response to “US troops inside ISIS stronghold Raqqa”

  1. “Commenting about the numbers of US forces there, he said that it’s “not hundreds.”
    still enough to claim “self-defence” any time US bomb whoever they want on Syrian soul…whenever is convenient…

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