Last week US marines were sent to Syria to aid in the battle to oust Islamic State from its capital in Raqqa.
This brings the total US troops there to almost 1,000, according to multiple reports. As the Marines were arriving, the US 75th US Ranger regiment carried out a very visible maneuver, driving around the outskirts of a town called Manbij flying the Stars and Stripes in a show of force to warn off Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies.
The Turks had threatened to attack Manbij which is being held by US allies, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The US decision to up its commitment to Syria comes amidst six years of bloody war, which is one reason why it was not met with major surprise. Russians intervened in Syria in 2015 to support the regime and Turkey sent troops into the country in 2016 to support Syrian rebels. The American role is not unique in this respect, it is backing its mostly Kurdish allies in the east.
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This is indeed a "plunge". When it is all over, I would not be surprised to find the US broken and bankrupt.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18 KJV