IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault

Sgt. Joseph Reed Jr., training chief, Headquarters and Service company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, (BLT 2/1), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires his initial M777A2 Howitzer turn as partial of a Tactical Air Control Party practice during Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (RUTMEUEX) 14-1 during Camp Roberts, California, 26 Mar 2014Image copyright
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The Marines in Syria are from a 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

The US has sent 400 additional infantry to Syria to support an associated internal force aiming to constraint a supposed Islamic State building of Raqqa.

They embody Marines, who arrived in a past few days. US special army are already in Syria.

Meanwhile, US-led bloc atmosphere strikes killed 20 civilians – including children – nearby Raqqa, reports say.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to horde a assembly of a bloc members on 22 March.

Foreign ministers and comparison officials from 68 nations and general organisations had been invited to attend a two-day entertainment in Washington, a state dialect said.

“Secretary Tillerson has been transparent transparent that defeating Isis (IS) is a state department’s tip priority in a Middle East,” behaving state dialect orator Mark Toner said.

The bloc is approaching to launch an attack on Raqqa in a entrance weeks.

Defence officials told a Washington Post that a Marine artillery section would have M777 howitzers, that can glow 155mm shells about 32km (20 miles).

A bloc spokesman, Col John Dorrian, told Reuters news organisation they would assistance “expedite a defeat” of IS in Raqqa.

Over a weekend, a apart force of chosen US Army Rangers was also deployed nearby a city north-west of Raqqa in heavily-armoured Stryker vehicles, in an try to finish clashes between SDF fighters and a Turkish-backed insurgent force.

Why are a Marines being sent now?

IS can be degraded in this quarrel usually if a militants are forced to mount and quarrel as a required army, a BBC’s Paul Danahar writes from Washington.

Much of a comparison infantry care is done adult of former Iraqi army commanders from a Saddam Hussein era, and their instinct a final time they faced a better on a battlefield, during a US-led advance in 2003, was to warp away.

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Raqqa is a de facto collateral of a “caliphate” IS admitted in Jun 2014

They re-emerged as a leaders of militants hostile a US function who afterwards assimilated to form an powerful organisation that became al-Qaeda in Iraq. After a start of a Syrian polite quarrel this morphed into IS.

What a US Marines will wish to do, operative along aside US special forces, is emanate a net parsimonious adequate to kill or constraint these organisation before they get away. That means co-ordinating a attack and creation certain a anti-IS army work together.

They will wish to finally force a organisation a US infantry has been fighting for some-more than a decade into a final stand.

Isn’t there a extent on a series of US infantry in Syria?

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Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters are approaching to launch an attack on Raqqa soon

Under President Barack Obama, US special operations army were deployed to recruit, sight and advise a SDF’s 30,000 Arab and Kurdish fighters. However, their numbers were singular to 503.

The Marines’ deployment is deliberate temporary, so it is not influenced by a cap.

What about a Rangers?

Col Dorrian pronounced a dozens of Rangers who had arrived on a hinterland of Manbij, about 110km (68 miles) from Raqqa, were also there “for a proxy period”.

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US army Rangers arrived on a hinterland of Manbij in heavily armoured vehicles

The Rangers were seeking to “create some assurance”, Col Dorrian added, following clashes between Turkish-backed Arab rebels and internal fighters from a Manbij Military Council, that was set adult by a SDF when it prisoner a town.

The Turkish supervision considers a Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) militia, that dominates a SDF, a militant organisation since of a links to a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), that is criminialized in Turkey.

Does this still vigilance an escalation in US involvement?

It is not nonetheless transparent though a deployment comes as President Donald Trump considers a new devise to better IS that was submitted by a Pentagon late final month.

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Some 6,000 US infantry are deployed in Iraq and Syria as partial of a bloc opposite IS

The Associated Press news organisation reports that Mr Trump wants to give a Pentagon larger coherence to make slight quarrel decisions in a quarrel opposite IS.

Commanders on a belligerent were undone by what they deliberate micromanagement by a Obama administration, it adds.

The US is also pronounced to be scheming to send adult to 1,000 infantry to Kuwait to offer as a haven force that can be deployed to quarrel IS in Syria and Iraq if necessary.

How is a debate to constraint Raqqa going?

Col Dorrian pronounced a SDF’s operation to confine a city was going “very, really well” and competence be finished in a few weeks. “Then a preference to pierce in can be made,” he added.

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A US-led bloc orator pronounced a SDF’s debate to besiege Raqqa was going “very well”

Earlier this week, a SDF cut a categorical supply track joining Raqqa to IS-held domain to a south-east in Deir al-Zour province.

The New York Times duration cited US officials as observant there were an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 militants inside Raqqa.