>> 400 US Marines and Army Rangers deploying to Syria to help local forces take on Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa. It's the first major commitment of US troops by President Donald Trump, almost doubling the US presence in Syria to about 900 soldiers. A US military spokesman says, the troops equipped with artillery guns will be working with two Syrian partners fighting ISIS, but will not be on the front lines.
The increase is coming after local forces cut off the militant group from the last main road out of Raqqa in preparation for a final assault to capture the city. The moves in Syria coinciding with continued gains against ISIS in Iraq, with US-backed Iraqi forces battling to retake the ISIS stronghold of Mosul.