On October 30, 2015, the Obama Administration authorized US Special Operations Forces to carry out secret and risky missions against ISIS targets in Syria, which include the insurgent headquarters, facilities, ammo depots. The US elite units that would be shipped to the Middle East are the US Army’s 1st Special Forces Group (Green Berets), the 2nd Ranger Battalion (75th Ranger Regiment), and one US Navy’s SEAL Team. They would attack Islamist targets located deep within Syrian territory, operating from bases in southern Turkey and northern Iraq and Jordan. The decision to send Special Operations Forces units to the war-torn region came as a result of the American failure to effectively support secular rebel groups that fight against al-Assad regime and to wipe out ISIS network in Syria at the same time.

The US Defense Department is working in coordination with Iraqi and Turkish governments to successfully cripple ISIS military capability and recruiting ability. The original objective of the Obama Administration had been to topple Bashar al-Assad’s regime by supporting rebel groups, but somehow things got out of control as many Syrian “freedom fighters” that had been trained by US military advisers switched sides and joined the ISIS and other Islamist terrorist groups. Al-Assad did not fall as had been expected because he is strongly backed by Russian president Vladimir Putin and now the American elite troops will be operating undercover alongside Russian Special Forces fighting against a common enemy: Islamist terrorism.

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