Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement

Carter on Friday, Dec. 9, made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to consult with military commander... MANAMA, Bahrain - Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa. The 200, to include special operations troops, are in addition to 300 already authorized for the effort to recruit, organize, train and advise local Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces to fight IS.