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US Pressures Germany to Send Ground Troops to Syria to ‘Partially Replace’ American Forces

US Pressures Germany to Send Ground Troops to Syria to ‘Partially Replace’ American Forces

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US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey was in Berlin on 5 July seeking to draw pledges of military and financial support from the German government as Washington ramps up its pressure on Berlin with the aim of expanding its mission in Syria. US diplomat James Jeffrey has formally asked Germany to send troops to Syria to help fight the Daesh terrorist group, claiming allies need to provide technical support to the Kurdish-led opposition. In an interview with the German DPA news agency and weekly Welt am Sonntag newspaper, the US Special Representative for Syria Engagement urged Germany to send military trainers, logistics specialists and technicians to aid the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting Daesh. “We want ground troops from Germany to partially replace our soldiers,” said Jeffrey said, adding he hoped to receive a response from the German government this month. “It is better to force IS [Daesh] back with local Syrian forces, but a certain…
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