President Barack Obama announces the deployment of up to 250 U.S. military personnel to Syria, mostly special operations forces, to assist local troops trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists. (April 25)

In an effort to “keep up momentum against the Islamic State,” President Obama on Monday authorized the deployment of up to 250 extra military personnel to help train and assist local forces, reports USA Today.

The move increases the number of U.S. special forces in Syria to 300. The president announced the news during a well-received speech in Hannover, Germany focusing mostly on the future of Europe, USA Today writes:

“They’re not going to be leading the fight on the ground, but they will be essential,” the president said in Germany, where he attended a manufacturing technology trade show. The address capped a week-long foreign trip for the president, who also visited Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said in a briefing for reporters ahead of Obama’s speech that U.S. special forces in Syria were already making a difference, and the additional personnel would act as a critical “force multiplier.”

“We want to accelerate that progress,” Rhodes said.

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SOURCE: USA Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform

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