November 04, 2015

Can 50 U.S. troops in Syria make a difference?

By Nicholas Heras

Source: CNN

Journalist(s) Zachary Cohen

(CNN)When President Barack Obama dramatically shifted his Syria policy last week and announced he would station Special Operations forces in the war-plagued country, Republicans were quick to criticize the move.

They derided his decision to send fewer than 50 troops to northern Syria to "advise and assist" Kurdish and Arab fighters battling ISIS as half-hearted and woefully insufficient.

"I think we have a president who doesn't know what he is doing," Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump told CNN over the weekend. "You either do it or you don't do it."

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...