Making full use of his visit to Germany, President Barack Obama and U.S. top allies are meeting to deliberate on issues he thinks are putting the European unity “under strain”.
Alongside Obama, the meeting were joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. It was held on Monday in Hannover, Germany on the final day of Obama’s two-day visit to push for the conclusions of negotiations on a trade deal between the U.S. and Europe.
Obama planned to announce the deployment of 250 U.S. military personnel in Syria to assist local forces in combating I.S. threat in the region, made out of mostly Army Green Berets. This will add up the number of U.S forces helping fight the militant group to a total of 300.
The action will heavily increase U.S. involvement in Syria and it was made a week after the announcement of the deployment of more than 200 troops along with the first shipment of Apache helicopters to Iraq, another I.S. territory by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
So far, there have been around 50 U.S special forces stationed in Syria.
The meeting involving U.S. and its major European allies was made a month after Islamic State militants claims to be responsible for attacks that took more than 30 lives in Brussels.