Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday disclosed new details of covert U.S. special operations commando activities in support of Syrian rebel groups fighting the Islamic State.

Several dozen U.S. commandos were dispatched to Syria in November as part of the Obama administration’s latest strategy to defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere.

“Through even a small number of these highly trained operators, the full might of America’s airstrikes, intelligence, logistics and know-how can be relentlessly focused on the enemy,” Carter told troops of the 101st Airborne Division during a speech at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The commandos are engaged in covert intelligence-gathering, targeting of enemy forces, and providing advice and assistance to local rebel forces.

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