President Barack Obama declared on Monday the largest growth of U.S. earth troops in Syria since its civil war started, but the move was unlikely to mollify Arab allies upset over Washington’s careful approach to the battle.
Defense specialists said giving more combatants on the earth accessibility to U.S. close air support could change the momentum in Syria. But a senior person in the Saudi royal family who requested to not be identified blown off the choice as “window dressing.”
In declaring the deployment, Obama stressed the need for keeping up the gains made in the fight against Islamic State, although he warned the U.S. forces wouldn’t be spearheading the conflict.
Obama was discussing on the last stop of a foreign tour that took him to Britain and Saudi Arabia.
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders, and her opponent, expressed support for the deployment on Monday.