Their main task – to help the Syrian opposition in the fight against ISIS
The Minister of defense announced about the direction in Syria an additional 200 American military personnel.
Ashton Carter said Saturday that the military will be involved in helping to oust the militants of the Islamic state of Raqqa – the self-proclaimed capital of this terrorist group. According to the Minister, this number will include instructors of special forces, advisors and teams of explosive ordnance disposal.
“These uniquely qualified experts will join the 300 American military from special operations forces already in Syria to continue to organize, train, equip, and otherwise strengthen capable, motivated local forces to conduct the struggle against ISIL,” Carter said.
Speaking in Bahrain at the conference “Manama dialogue” on security issues in the middle East, Carter said that Russia, which is the main military protector of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, “only exacerbated the civil war and has prolonged the suffering of the Syrian people.”
The statements of Carter and the buildup of troops in raqqa comes at a time when the US and its allies are trying to achieve a permanent peace agreement with Russia and the Syrian government about ending the fighting in Aleppo. U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry on Saturday met in Paris with other senior diplomats in an attempt to resume the stalled negotiations with Russia.
The foreign Ministers of Germany, UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and the European Union participated in the meeting at the French foreign Ministry to try to develop a plan for Aleppo after the end of hostilities.
Both sides agreed that the delivery of aid in Aleppo will be allowed for civilians who need food and medical care, and that fighting on the side of the opposition would not be tortured or killed, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Marc Ayrault.
This agreement, however, will come into force only when it is signed by the government of Syria and its Russian patrons.
After the meeting, Ayrault said that the Syrian opposition is ready to resume talks with the Syrian regime “without preconditions.”
Later Saturday, will meet us and Russian diplomats in Geneva for talks behind closed doors to work out the details of the plan.
The UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said Saturday in an interview with Sky News Arabia that the battle in Aleppo is at the final stage, and the world is watching as the evacuation of civilians is the main priority. “We note with concern the recent steps that will be called in history “the Battle for Aleppo” district”, he said.
Russia said on Saturday that at least 50 thousand civilians have fled from Eastern Aleppo in the past two days and that Syrian troops halted their offensive in order to facilitate the efforts of the evacuation.
“Ninety-three percent of the territory of Aleppo, currently controlled by the Syrian government,” – said the press Secretary of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov.
“Leaving the civilians stay in the special humanitarian centers and are provided with hot meals. If necessary, they are provided with medical assistance.”