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US Steps Up Protection for Coalition Forces in Northern Syria’s Manbij

As part of the global coalition against Islamic State, the United States this week increased its special operations troops in the flashpoint town of Manbij in northern Syria. In an email Thursday to VOA, Col. Thomas F. Veale, a U.S. military spokesperson and public affairs director for the coalition, said the recent deployment is a protection measure to ensure the safety of coalition troops in the area. “Coalition forces are establishing a joint coordination mechanism for operations...

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