The US surprised the world by announcing plans to send troops to Syria to “train, advise and assist on the ground.” Since the conflict began back in 2011 Washington refused calls to send ground troops. What's behind this change of heart?
Why is the latest US military engagement in Syria so controversial? A peak into their shared history explains the complicated relationship between Washington and Damascus.
The US has announced it will be sending a small group of special forces in support of rebels fighting the "Islamic State" militant group. Defense Secretary Carter said the move was in line with US strategy in Syria.
US President Donald Trump has used a speech in Warsaw to reiterate US support for the NATO alliance. He praised Poland for its commitment to defense spending, but chastised Russia over its actions in Ukraine and Syria.
US President Barack Obama has said he plans to increase the number of soldiers combating the self-styled "Islamic State" in Syria. The move will significantly increase US military presence in war-torn Syria.
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