The BBC is reporting Marines are taking up artillery positions around Raqqa. So I really am split on this. Bombing runs and arming loose factions of rebel forces has proven to be problematic in the past for the US. Obama had his hands tied with this with a lack of senate support, and now Trump is putting US troops in Syria (though a few hundred is off from the 20K-30k estimate he gave in one debate last March), but not a peep of protest from the right or left (so far). I'm curious as to the silence but it sounds like the republicans have accepted now that troops provide the situational intel and reaction time required for combating essentially guerrilla forces. A few questions still remain though. First does this mean that the US will continue to support the rebels looking for democracy in Syria? If so how will Russia respond? Will the battle for hearts and minds be won in Iraq and Syria? What do you guys think?