New pictures have emerged showing U.S. special forces in northern Syria with YPG ornaments on their shoulders.
This comes as U.S. President Obama said one month ago he was sending 250 elite soldiers to fight ISIS in northern Syria.
The U.S. special forces team is fighting in the northern Raqqa countryside alongside the Kurdish militias of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and People’s Protection Units (YPG).
These forces – backed by coalition warplanes – have announced a campaign which aims to capture the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State.
According to YPG officials, some 30,000 troops are mobilized for the Raqqa offensive which has been making modest gains towards the Islamic State capital in recent days.
Remarkably, the YPG is a sister party of the PKK; the latter group, which operates in Turkey, is otherwise considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and NATO.
Meanwhile, Russian Marines are embedded with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Homs.
The U.S. and Russia are thus backing different sides in the Syrian war although both countries claim to be spearheading efforts to defeat ISIS.