17 Mar '17, 4pm

How the U.S. mission in Syria has evolved and could expand:

How the U.S. mission in Syria has evolved and could expand:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. campaign against the Islamic State in Syria has evolved in the past couple years from airstrikes and training of local forces to an increasingly complicated mission, which now includes hundreds of American troops on the ground and coordination with a hodgepodge of allies, partners and even rivals engaged in the fight. Under President Donald Trump, the United States' role is likely to expand further. While Trump has announced no changes to the U.S. approach, the Pentagon in recent months has incrementally increased its footprint in the northern reaches of the war-ravaged, Middle East country, where it is backing a coalition of Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters closing in on the Islamic States' self-declared capital at Raqqa. Trump is reviewing options for accelerating the recapture of Raqqa. These include proposals for more U.S. troops, greater firepowe...

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