U.S. to deploy small number of special forces to Syria in advisory role
By Arshad Mohammed, Patricia Zengerle and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama plans to deploy a small number of special operations forces to Syria to advise rebels Washington deems moderate, U.S. sources said on Friday, a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East. Obama was expected to send fewer than 60 special operations troops, said congressional sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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