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.

U.S. troops with Kurdish badges 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.

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It’s PR. The US is using the #YPG to clear ISIS out of #Raqqa. Then the US will attempt to take over #Rojava.

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Unlikely to happen : these 300 US special forces are only here in order to mae the US not lose face for their own public opinion. From the practical POV, they will simply guide CAS aircrafts from the ground and rangers-style attacks. The biggest potential danger may be ErDOG, but IMHO, kurds have a deal with the russians too or they wouldn’t have got Igla-S to shoot some turkish copters. BUT, remember that Russia has installed a A2/AD system and has Su-35… From the practical POV, Syria is a no fly zone : if coalition can operate, it’s because they… Read more »

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YPG isn’t PKK. I don’t believe Washington would help the latter. If that was true, the turks would be pissed to the extent that relations would be severed.

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and Putin has nothing to say?