United States sending 200 troops to Syria

Ash Carter, Joseph Dunford
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, to testify before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter issued a challenge to countries in the region today during a security conference in Bahrain.

Without mentioning any partners by name, by name, Carter challenged them to “get in the game” if they’re concerned about extremism and other destabilizing activities.

He also says as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters battle the Islamic State group in there key stronghold of Raqqa.

Carter made the announcement Saturday at a security conference in Manama, Bahrain.

The extra troops will include special operations forces and are in addition to 300 U.S. troops already authorized for the effort to recruit, organize, train and advise local Syrian forces to combat IS.

Carter said the extra troops will help the local forces in their anticipated push to retake Raqqa, the de facto capital of the extremist group’s self-styled caliphate, and to deny sanctuary to IS after Raqqa is captured.

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