Obama: Extra Troops Underscore Priority of Fighting Islamic State
Obama: Extra troops underscore priority of fighting Islamic State (Politico)
The White House's decision to send an additional 250 special forces to Syria to aid in the fight against the Islamic State underscores his administration's priority to dismantle the terrorist group,
"It represents what I've said from the start, which is that us dismantling ISIL is a priority, and although we are not going to send ground troops in to fight, we are going to try to find out what works and then double down," Obama said in an interview with Charlie Rose set to air on CBS Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
In addition to the training and advising tasks conducted by the special forces since their deployment late last year, Obama remarked upon their use in intelligence gathering.