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    US Marines Deployed in Syria's Raqqa Aim to Back Ground Forces - CENTCOM

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    US Central Command commander said that US Marines have been deployed to Syria to make sure coalition troops on the ground receive the necessary support in the fight to retake Raqqa from the Daesh.

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) US Marines have been deployed to Syria to make sure coalition troops on the ground receive the necessary support in the fight to retake Raqqa from the Daesh, US Central Command commander Gen. Joseph Votel said in a congressional hearing on Thursday.

    "Our intention here with this — and this fell within the authorities that are provided to me right now — was to ensure that we had redundant capable fire support on the ground to support our partners," Votel stated. "[We want to] ensure that we could take advantage of the opportunities, to ensure that we continue progress that we have been seeing."

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