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INVASION: "American troops in Syria beginning of offensive against Syrian city of Raqqa"
debkafile’s military and intelligence sources disclose that elements of the 75th
Ranger Regiment have arrived in Syria for the Trump administration’s
first direct military operation in Syria: the long-delayed offensive to
capture Raqqa from the Islamic State. The plan was put before the US, Russian and Turkish chiefs of staff
were getting together for the first time on Tuesday, March 7, in the
Turkish town of Antalya, as revealed earlier on this site.
Regiment troops, which will spearhead the Raqqa attack, flew in from
Fort Lewis air base, Washington, to the US air facility in Rmeilan, near
the Syrian Kurdish town of Hasaka, equipped with light Striker tanks.
More tanks and heavy equipment reached the Syrian base overland from
According to our sources, President Donald Trump decided, after
consulting with Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security
Adviser H.R. McMaster, that the US army would go it alone in the Raqqa
offensive together with a single local force: the Kurdish-led Syrian
"...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)