The United States has deployed its marines in northern Syria with artillery.

A couple hundred marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed with M777 Howitzers, capable of firing 155mm shells, to assist the coalition of militias Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a senior US official said.

The mission is temporary, and therefore will not count towards troop cap. Troops serving less than 120 days in Iraq and Syria are not counted as part of the force levels authorized by the White House.

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