For the First Time, Pentagon Admits US Ground Troops Are Operating Inside Raqqa

(ANTIWAR.COM) — While it wasn’t exactly a secret that US ground troops are embedded with the Kurdish YPG forces involved in the invasion of the ISIS capital of Raqqa, today was the first time a Pentagon spokesman, Col. Ryan Dillon, confirmed that US ground troops are active inside Raqqa.

The troops, mostly special forces, are being called “advise, assist, and accompany” forces, and are said to be there primarily to call in US airstrikes, while not being formally classified as “combat” forces. It’s clear, however, that the small fraction of Raqqa held by the US-backed forces aren’t enough for there to really be “non-combat” areas.

Officials have made tangential references to US troops being inside Raqqa before, of course, and only last week Centcom issued a statement claiming that US and Kurdish forces breached the wall to Raqqa’s Old City, aiming to route around ISIS’ heaviest defensive forces.

The US has been building up in the area around the outskirts of Raqqa for months, and is expected to continue to do so, with many of the US troops there to shell the city and the surrounding countryside. The myth that US troops are strictly “non-combat,” however, is losing credibility all the time.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / AntiWar.com / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

Since you’re here…

…We have a small favor to ask. Fewer and fewer people are seeing Anti-Media articles as social media sites crack down on us, and advertising revenues across the board are quickly declining. However, unlike many news organizations, we haven’t put up a paywall because we value open and accessible journalism over profit — but at this point, we’re barely even breaking even. Hopefully, you can see why we need to ask for your help. Anti-Media’s independent journalism and analysis takes substantial time, resources, and effort to produce, but we do it because we believe in our message and hope you do, too.

If everyone who reads our reporting and finds value in it helps fund it, our future can be much more secure. For as little as $1 and a minute of your time, you can support Anti-Media. Thank you. Click here to support us

    9