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Pentagon Denies US Troops Fighting in Syria Amid Release of Photos

© AFP 2022 / DELIL SOULEIMAN Armed men in uniforms identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces stand in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016
Armed men in uniforms identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces stand in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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US Special Forces are not engaged in battles in Syria, according to the statement of Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US special operations forces, who are on an advise and assist mission in Syria, have not engaged in combat, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren said in a briefing on Friday.

This photo released on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows French army Rafale fighter jets on the tarmac of an undisclosed air base as part of France's Operation Chammal launched in September 2015 in support of the US-led coalition against Islamic State group - Sputnik International
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US media reported on Thursday that some photos taken on May 25 in Syria show US military allegedly fighting near the front lines during an offensive to retake Raqqa from the Daesh.

"At this point none of them [US Special Forces] has been engaged in Syria," Warren stated. "They are deep behind enemy lines."

In April, US President Barack Obama announced the deployment of additional 250 military personnel to Syria to provide support to local forces fighting the Islamic State jihadist group, outlawed in the United States and Russia.

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