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    How Will Pentagon Actually Put US Boots on the Ground in Syria?

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    US military advisors tasked with training rebels on the Syrian soil are capable of reaching their destination in almost a blink of an eye since the US Air Force likely laid the groundwork for this top secret mission years ago, military analyst Joseph Trevithick asserted, citing documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

    "One of the Air Force Special Operations Command's main missions is to sneak America's elite troops in and out of hostile countries with its fleet of specialized aircraft. But the flying branch's top commando headquarters also relies on specially trained airmen to first find places to drop troops and equipment," he explained.

    Known as Assault Zone Reconnaissance Teams (or AZRTs), they are responsible for locating landing and drop sites but they could also carry out rescue missions.

    In 2013, AZRTs found nearly 300 sites across the Middle East suitable for landing aircraft or dropping supplies and equipment, official documents show.

    In addition, the Air Force is said to have created a special aerial unit known as the Joint Special Operations Air Component-Central at al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Trevithick wrote for the War is Boring website.

    The Pentagon did not provide the exact type of aircraft deployed to the al-Udeid base but they, according to the expert, could well include the MC-130 tanker, the CV-22 Osprey, the C-146 Wolfhound, the U-28A.

    "With all of this existing infrastructure in place, the Pentagon should have no trouble getting its commandos to their final destination. It's quite possible some of those troops have already visited this Middle Eastern battlefield," he noted.

    This could well explain a report which surfaced on Wednesday claiming that US special operations troops have already reached Syria and started training rebels there. On Friday, the White House announced that no more than 50 US military advisors would head to the war-torn country to assist local forces fighting against ISIL.

    "And whatever happens with the mission in Syria, the Pentagon will still have its list of drop zones to help commandos sneak all over the Middle East at a moment's notice," Trevithick observed.

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    Middle East, moderate Syrian rebels, US Special Forces, US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), US Air Force, Syria, United States
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