The Pentagon’s ‘Reassure and Deter’ Mission in Syria Looks a Lot Like Mission Creep

The U.S. military has sent nearly 100 Army Rangers into the Syrian city of Manbij. But there is something highly unusual about this particular deployment.

The elite soldiers, who typically operate in the shadows, arrived in armored vehicles festooned in brightly colored American flags, a gesture designed to make their presence abundantly obvious. And unlike the other 15,000 U.S. troops on the ground in active war zones, the Americans in Manbij are not conducting "counter terror" or "advise and assist" operations.

Rather, the Pentagon has quietly unveiled a new kind of mission: It's called “reassurance and deterrence.”

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