Obama to send Special Forces to Syria

A small group of U.S. special forces will soon be heading to Syria to help in the fight against Isis.

The deployment marks the first time that U.S. troops will be on the ground in the country.

"This is an intensification of a strategy that the president announced more than a year ago,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Earnest told reporters that fewer than 50 Special Forces will go to the country to work with the rebel group known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.

The troops will provide training, assistance and advising just as they are doing in Iraq. The White House says these troops will not be in combat.

Senator Jack Reed, a ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, tells ABC 6 News that he supports the plan.

"It allows our advisers to help augment not on the battle field but in the planning and staffing and coordination and make Syrian forces that are opposing ISIL more effective. I think that’s what we have to do make Syrian ground forces more effective against ISIL,” said Reed.

The White House sending the message Friday that it still believes in a diplomatic solution to Syrian President Bashir Al- Assad, but a military one for ISIS.

Senator Reed agrees the solution is political.

"At the end of the day we could have tactical victories on the ground and I think we will but if there’s not a political solution then the opportunities for ISIL to operate will still exist,” said Reed.

Some Republicans have already criticized the decision to send troops.

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