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US special forces in Syria violation of international law: Ex-US Marine

“Putting these special forces operators on the ground is doing nothing but opening the door toward more US involvement on the ground in Syria,” King said.

The planned US military escalation in Syria is “another massive violation of international law” by President Barack Obama to destabilize countries in the Middle East, a former US Marine and journalist in California says.

The Special Operations forces that Obama is deploying to Syria are not merely going in as advisers but as "combatants" to assist foreign-backed militant groups, said Tim King, founder and editor of Global News Centre.

“These militants that the US is backing are allies of the Takfiri terrorists that have been waging all of this havoc in Syria,” King told Press TV on Saturday.

On Friday, the Obama administration escalated its fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria by authorizing the first open deployment of military boots on the ground.

Up to 50 special forces will be sent to assist Kurdish and Arab forces in northern Syria, American officials said Friday.

The White House said the special forces will serve as advisers to the foreign-backed militants in the country.

The deployment will risk drawing US forces into combat missions and increase pressure on Washington to enter a war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“The United States is in a very confused position where it claims to fight ISIS (ISIL) and then turns around and provides financial and weapon support to the same groups that have the stated common goal of existing to destabilize Syria and bring down the leadership of Bashar al-Assad,” King noted.

“Putting these special forces operators on the ground is doing nothing but opening the door toward more US involvement on the ground in Syria,” he added.

US warplanes have been bombing purported Daesh positions in Iraq and Syria for over a year now.

American ground troops have rarely, if ever, participated directly in combat operations against Daesh terrorists. The US has largely limited its role to “training” and “advising” Iraqi forces and militant units in Syria.


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