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    Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces walk in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016

    Peekaboo! US Military Personnel Spotted Near Raqqa (PHOTO)

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    Despite Washington’s apparent reluctance to directly engage Daesh forces on the ground, servicemen described by the Syrian Democratic Forces as US special operations forces were caught on camera fighting alongside the Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

    US President Barack Obama declared in April that he doesn’t intend to conduct a ground offensive against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) forces in Syria, but at the same time remarked that the US military contingent deployed to the country to assist local militant groups in fighting against the terrorist movement will be increased  to 300 servicemen.

    Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016
    © AFP 2019 / DELIL SOULEIMAN
    Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016

    However, the people depicted on these photographs don’t look like military "advisers and instructors" staying out of combat engagements like Obama apparently intended. Instead, they look like front line operatives, armed, prepped and ready for action.

    Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016
    © AFP 2019 / DELIL SOULEIMAN
    Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016

    The pictures were taken in the vicinity of Raqqa, the so called capital of Daesh, which is currently the target of a major offensive launched by Kurdish forces and members of other militant factions opposing the Islamist terrorists.

    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
    © AFP 2019 / 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

    Some of the US servicemen were also apparently seen wearing Kurdish insignias on their uniforms. Whether they do it to avoid friendly fire or to obfuscate their true allegiance remains unclear.

    Syrian Democratic forces and an armed man in uniform identified by them as US special operations forces (R) are seen in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016
    © AFP 2019 / DELIL SOULEIMAN
    Syrian Democratic forces and an armed man in uniform identified by them as US special operations forces (R) are seen in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016

    Also, in an apparent attempt to avoid attracting too much attention to their movements and to blend in with the local fighters, the US operators use Toyota pickup trucks for transportation and to move their equipment. The ubiquitous vehicle is often used by local forces both as a transport and as a mobile weapons platform, as it is less likely to stand out than US military hardware.

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