US officials claim that the humanitarian effort in Syria is another method to counter ISIS

These visits are made in partnership with the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), which together with the US operate in the region in a long-running effort to eliminate any ISIS fighters.

The US sees the medical visits as part their effort to work alongside the SDF to bring stability in the area so that ISIS cannot take root, according to CNN. There are approximately 900 US troops stationed in Syria.

Officials in the US insist that the humanitarian effort is not a “mission creep” because it is designed to provide another way to combat ISIS. It is an additional step to the US’s initial troop deployment, which was directed at Trump’s goal of seizing oil fields revenue from the region.

US officials insist that SDF is responsible for medical care and that US forces are under the command of them. Security is still a sensitive issue due to the fact that ISIS, Russian forces and regime forces occasionally operate in the area. All US troops are responsible for their own security.

According to Major Charles An, spokesperson for the Special Operations Joint Task Force–Levant, which supplies the troops, the US special operations personnel were involved in two medical visits in Deir Ezzor, northeast Syria, in November.

This area has seen heavy fighting in recent times. According to An., they treated more than 200 patients in hospital facilities and distributed medical supplies.

Because Deir Ezzor had limited first aid services, local residents were forced to travel long distances to reach the nearest medical facility.

According to An.

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Although US special operations forces have done humanitarian relief missions in conflict zones for years, they are now involved in Syria’s efforts. This is because the Pentagon is reconsidering how to use forces after the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Special operations activities in Syria and Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Jordan were all consolidated this summer under a new headquarters, now called Special Operations Joint Task Force–Levant. According to Lt. Colonel Tony Hoefler (US Special Operations Command Central), the renaming is done in recognition that terrorist and violent extremist organisations operate across large areas, which requires a more regional approach.

What remains to be resolved is the question of how and when US troops could conduct counterterrorism drone attacks from bases “over the horizon”, far from where targets are located. This comes in the wake a strike in Kabul, which inadvertently claimed the lives of several civilians. The US was withdrawing from Afghanistan at the time. According to several defense officials, the question of how long these types of missions can be carried out is still being resolved.