Obama says he has approved up to 250 additional U.S. forces in Syria
U.S. President Obama delivers a speech during his visit to Hanover - REUTERS

HANOVER, Germany:  President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday that he had approved the deployment of as many as 250 additional U.S. personnel to Syria, including special forces, to train and assist local forces fighting Islamic State militants.

Obama, speaking in Germany, said he had backed the deployment to build on momentum from special forces already on the ground in Syria in driving Islamic State out of key areas.

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