U.S. to deploy special-ops forces in Syria to fight ISIS
"President Obama will deploy a small number of special operations forces to Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria as part of its effort to fight the Islamic State, the White House announced Friday, framing it as an enhancement of current strategy. Obama had long been opposed to putting boots on the ground. Up to 50 troops will be assisting and advising moderate rebels. More than a dozen parties involved in the Syrian conflict, including the U.S. and Russia, agreed Friday to work toward a cease-fire" - From the Week.
At first it was observing events, then supporting "moderate" rebels, then "targeted" bombing, then saying Assad may be allowed to to remain in any "interim" period having spent years saying he was the root of all evil, then co-ordinating bombing with Russia, then talking to Iran, then talking to everyone having sworn blind they wouldn't, now "up to 50" US special forces to be deployed. There are probably more there now anyway as even we are suposed to have some operating forces there.
What's the betting that in a few months they'll be a few more helpers. And so it will go.
A case of history repeating itself.
What a massive mess Syria is.