US special forces, pictured in May 2016, are working with the SDF and Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
FOX News: US military conducts air assault in Syria against ISIS, a first
For the first time since the start of the war against the Islamic State terror group, the U.S. military deployed American-trained Syrian forces via helicopter outside Raqqa -- a tactic known as an "air assault," a military spokesman said.
The U.S.-backed Syrian Arab forces landed on American military helicopters with Apache gunships flying overhead.
The indigenous forces were accompanied by U.S. special operations "advisors," the spokesman added.
“It takes a special breed of warrior to pull off an airborne operation or air assault behind enemy lines,” said Col. Joe Scrocca “There is nothing easy about this – it takes audacity and courage. And the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) has that in spades.”
"This is pretty major," said the spokesman discussing the operation with reporters on a conference call.
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