"Up to 40 US Special Operations Forces are accompanying Turkish troops as they clear ISIS from northern Syria, two US officials told CNN Friday.
The new mission, dubbed "Operation Noble Lance," was authorized this week and is now underway, the officials added.
"US Special Operations Forces have been approved to accompany Turkish and vetted Syrian opposition forces as they continue to clear territory" from ISIS, Pentagon spokesman Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway said in a statement Friday.
According to Rankine-Galloway, the US personnel will be conducting the same type of advising, assisting and training missions that the US had been providing to moderate opposition and anti-ISIS Kurdish and Arab fighters like the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Turkish troops, tanks and Turkish-backed Syria opposition fighters crossed the Syrian-Turkish border in August, seizing the town of Jarabulus from ISIS and pushing south and west in an effort to clear the terror group from its border. The effort was backed by US and coalition airstrikes but not by American ground forces.
Rankine-Galloway called the area that Turkey was working to secure "strategically important" to ISIS.
A US official had told CNN last month that Special Operations Forces had initially intended to accompany the original Turkish offensive but that the US was still working on approving the proposal when Turkish units pushed across the border." CNN
The Democrats both in the present administration and in Fort Brooklyn as preently commanded by "Mid-Town" Robby Mook have decided that the key to achieving indifference and acquiescence in the American people to adventurism in Syria is to call everything on the ground "special operations forces." This is a meaningless term that could denote; Ranger infantry, Green Berets (USSF), JSOC commandos, USAF Forward Air Controller parties, artillery batteries "advising" the combatants and any other "cats and dogs" that you want to include in the term and description.
This, essentially, is deception. pl