US to base special forces in Syria for first time

President Barack Obama has decided to send dozens of special forces soldiers to Syria, beginning the first sustained deployment of US ground forces in the country.

They will be sent to northern Syria where will they will “advise and assist” Kurdish guerrillas and other groups fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

US special forces have carried out raids in Syria, but this will be their first permanent presence inside the country.