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‘US special forces will arrive in Syria very soon’

US Special Operations Forces (file photo)

A number of US Special Operations Forces will arrive in Syria "very soon,” according to a senior American official.

Brett McGurk, special US envoy to the coalition fighting Daesh (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq, said on Sunday the troops will have the task of organizing local forces fighting against the Takfiri terrorists in northern Syria.

"They will be going in very soon," McGurk told CBS television's "Face the Nation" program.

The US-led international coalition aims to "suffocate and strangle them in the core" of Daesh in Iraq and Syria through coordinated attacks, he stated.

On October 30, senior Obama administration officials said that Washington would send some 50 special forces to Syria to "train, advise and assist" militants fighting against the Daesh, in an apparent breach of Obama's promise not to put US “boots on the ground" there.

A top official told the BBC that this does not indicate a change in US strategy, but an "intensification" of the military campaign.

The US is escalating its involvement in Syria amid Russia’s intensifying campaign in the country to assist President Bashar al-Assad in fighting against ISIL terrorists. The US forces will remain in Syria for the foreseeable future.

On September 30, Russia began its military campaign against Daesh terrorists and militants fighting against the Syrian government. Moscow has carried out scores of airstrikes, killing hundreds of terrorists. 

US officials have told The Associated Press that Russia has directed parts of its military campaign against US-backed militants and other extremist groups in an effort to weaken them.

They say the CIA-trained militants are under Russian strikes with little prospect of rescue by their American supporters.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The crisis has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people so far and displaced millions of others.

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