U.S. to Send Special Ops to Syria

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US President Barack Obama (L) speaking to journalists on April 30, 2013 in Washington and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking to journalists on December 9, 2010 in Paris.
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In what could be a significant shift in U.S. policy, The Pentagon announced Friday that it plans to send a group of Special Operations forces to Syria. The group, which is expected to comprise of up to 50 service members, will work as advisers alongside moderate rebels fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Reports indicate that the Obama Administration will also be upgrading Special Operations forces in the Kurdish city of Erbil, and enhancing security aid to Lebanon and Jordan as well.

Robin Wright, a distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and the U.S. Institute of Peace, discusses the new strategy being pursued by the Obama Administration.