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    US Marine Corps Unit Arrives in Northern Syria

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    A unit of the US Marine Corps has arrived at an airfield in the al-Hasakah province in Syria's north, a Kurdish source told Sputnik.

    According to the source, the unit was transported on helicopters from Iraqi Kurdistan to the Rumeilan airfield located near the Syrian city of Qamishli.

    They started arriving five days ago, the source said. In addition to several hundred US marines, an artillery battery is expected to arrived from the Iraqi base.

    According to the source, part of the military forces, which cannot arrive in Syria using helicopters, will be transported by land through the Semalika passage located between Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan.

    "The number of the US forces which are currently in Syria has been boosted under the Barack Obama administration. Earlier, their presence was limited to military experts and advisors, while now we witness the arrival of the Marine Corps forces," the source told Sputnik.

    Last week, a representative of the US-led coalition, John Dorrian, confirmed that the US is going to deploy Marine Corps units and rangers in Syria. 400 troops are expected to arrive. Hitherto, the US military contingent in Syria has been comprised of about 500 people.

    The United States deployed US marines to the Syrian city of Raqqa without the permission of the Damascus government, Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel said earlier. He said that US Marines have been deployed to Syria to make sure coalition troops on the ground receive necessary support in the fight to retake Raqqa from the Daesh.

    The marines will be supporting US partner forces on the ground that lead the offensive to liberate Raqqa from Daesh codenamed Operation Euphrates Rage. The operation was launched by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on November 5, 2016. The SDF was formed in 2015 as the defense force of northern Syria's de facto autonomous Rojava federation and is supported by the US-led coalition. The group is among the forces fighting Daesh and brings together Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian and Turkmen fighters, among others.

    The news comes after the Pentagon was tasked to send US President Donald Trump options to accelerate the fight against Daesh.

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    • Mikhas
      They can invade but staying and occupying the place will cost them a lot of blood. too much. 1983 barrack bombings in Lebanon comes to mind, US finally got the message and left never to come back again, until their collective amnesia kicks in , that is....

      Neither US and Turkey nor their proxies will be able to maintain anything in Syria.
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      armor
      They have not learned the lessons of the past, and are not giving up their
      'right' to be wherever they want (" nobody tells ME what I must do", sort of
      thinking...) The arrogance has not disappeared, but they will learn the virtue of humility one day.... we hope...
      Well, somehow, one way or the other, they will discover that they are not the only actors on Planet Earth. I think that in that particular case, they want some laurels, sensing that the end is near, that Pres. Assad is not going anywhere yet, and realising that a great world Power was requested to help the legitimate Government on 30/9/2015.
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      giorgoskaz11
      Why Russia is not condemning loudly the US invasion in the security council. Even Syrians not doing it, the Syrian legitimate government is obliged to do it, if they want to be seriously regarded as the legitimate government. Am I asking wrong questions?
    • American Socialist
      drop a bomb on them
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      jyd22
      They are so wrong when they say that nobody will dare to fight them because they have ''the best military the world has ever seen''. They are so wrong when they say they have the best army. People will fight. What kind of man would voluntarily accept another man's ''domination''?
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      jasin reply togiorgoskaz11(Show commentHide comment)
      giorgoskaz11, Not wrong, but the world hasn't faced a threat like NATO since Hitler. No amount of protest in the UNSC will amount to anything.
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      nonyank
      Looks like Russia will take another chance on allowing the US into the game when it looks more and more like Turkey could go sideways again.
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      giorgoskaz11in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, when we fight we fight on all levels consistently
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      Falesteeni
      Oh boy!! Anything America touch turns to shit!!! My people are very well aware of the enemy presence on Syrian Soil..code book page ٦ active to page ف٦.
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