Pentagon Official: US Set to Deploy 1,000 More Troops to Syria

The United States is set to deploy about 1,000 additional US troops to northern Syria, according to a Pentagon official, following reports that the Trump administration is planning to send thousands of soldiers to Syria.

The official told AFP on Wednesday that President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are yet to approve the provisional plans drawn up by the Pentagon, Press TV reported.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, "That's one of the proposals that's on the table for discussion."

Washington has currently between 800 and 900 Special Operations troops in Syria, according to AFP.

 General Joseph L. Votel, the top US commander for the Middle East, said last month that more American troops might be needed in Syria allegedly to step up the war against the Daesh terrorist group in the country.

According to reports, the Pentagon might persuade President Trump to authorize sending thousands of combat troops to Syria.

The decision is ultimately up to Trump, who has ordered Mattis to put together a viable proposal to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria, the official added.

During the presidential campaign, Trump had openly supported deploying a large contingent of US troops to Syria.