Later today, the White House will announce a “shift” in the the U.S. policy against ISIS that will include sending a small group of special operations forces into northern Syria, according to NBC News. The reported announcement will come eight days after an American commando was killed while freeing hostages from ISIS fighters in Iraq.
The senior U.S. official said that the forces will be stationed in northern Syria and working alongside groups with a proven track record of fighting ISIS. The move will be described as a “shift” but not a “change” in U.S. strategy against ISIS, the official added.
That could include Kurdish force and allied groups who have come together under the umbrella of the “Syrian Democratic Forces,” according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement was not yet public.
After Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler died in a raid in Iraq last week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. will likely increase “direct action on the ground” to combat ISIS in Syria in Iraq.
“After a decade of massive ground deployments, it is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries’ futures,” Obama said in August of last year. “And that’s the only solution that will succeed over the long term.”