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U.S. Will Send Special Forces Group To Help Fight ISIS In Syria

Giving new detail to an operation that has been hinted at in recent days, the White House says President Obama has authorized the deployment of a small number of U.S. Special Operations Forces troops — fewer than 50 — to help fight ISIS in Syria.

The U.S. personnel will be sent to northern Syria, "where they will help coordinate local ground forces and Coalition efforts" to fight ISIS," a senior administration official confirms to NPR's Scott Horsley.

The news comes as the U.S. and more than 10 other nations are discussing the future of Syria and its president, Bashar al Assad, at an international meeting in Vienna Friday.

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