U.S. troops play new role in Syria

Tuesday, 7 March, 2017 - 12:45

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, on Monday said the U.S. troops are on the western outskirts of Manbij to "reassure and deter," and are making themselves visible by flying American flags. It is neither an offensive nor defense role, he said, but a mission designed to keep a lid on tensions that risk creating new levels of violence in northern Syria.

"It's a visible reminder, for anybody who's looking to start a fight, that the only fight that should be going on right now is with ISIS," Davis said, using the Trump administration's preferred acronym for the Islamic State group.

Source: MilitaryTimes.