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The White House is sending a small number of U.S. special operations forces to Syria. That word is expected to come from the White House, Friday.

The commandos will be stationed in northern Syria and working alongside groups that are battling ISIS. Officials tell NBC News that this is a “shift” but not a “change” in U.S. strategy against ISIS.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said this week to expect more raids and attacks against ISIS through “direct action on the ground” in Iraq and Syria.

There are about 3,300 U.S. troops in Iraq training and advising Iraqi forces.

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