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    U.S. to Send Special Operations Forces Into Syria
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    The White House announced Friday that a small number of U.S. special operations forces will be sent into Syria to help combat ISIS.

    President Barack Obama has authorized a contingent of less than 50 special operations forces to deploy into northern Syria.

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Obama hasn't made the announcement himself because the decision it not a major strategy change in Syria. "It's an intensification of strategy the president announced about a year ago," Earnest said.

    Obama and his administration have come under mounting pressure amid signs the anti-ISIS coalition has stalled or at least failed to turn the tide against the militants.