The Department of Defense is reportedly considering proposing Donald Trump send conventional ground combat forces into Northern Syria for the first time to help speed up the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“It’s possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time,” one defense official told CNN on Wednesday.
A Pentagon spokesman told The Hill the department has seen the report, but declined to comment. White House press secretary Sean Spicer also declined to comment to reporters.
Right now, about 500 U.S. special operation forces are authorized to be in Syria, though the exact number on the ground fluctuates.
But the United States hasn’t yet sent conventional forces into Syria. Doing so would significantly increase the U.S. presence in a country with a battlefield complicated by its own civil war.
CNN said U.S. officials are characterizing the idea as “a point of discussion,” not a formal proposal.
The potential mission of the convention forces is also not clear yet.
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