The Obama administration announced a major troop level increase in Syria Saturday as Islamic State fighters seized the ancient city of Palmyra.
The U.S. will send 200 additional troops to Syria in order to support the Kurdish and Arab forces besieging Raqqa, the city which acts as ISIS’s de facto capital. Around that same time, ISIS forces moved into Palmyra after enduring a heavy bombardment from Russian forces. The terrorist group took the entire city Sunday, according to ISIS’s Amaq news agency. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed the reports.
“This latest commitment of additional forces within Syria is another important step in enabling our partners to deal ISIL a lasting defeat,” said Carter while speaking at a security conference in Manama, Bahrain.