On Friday, Oct. 30, the White House announced that U.S. special operations troops will be going to Syria, ostensibly to coordinate combat operations against the Islamic State. Additionally, more F-15 fighter jets and close-air support A-10s will be sent in to support U.S. and allied efforts to defeat the Islamic State.

According to reports, less than 50 troops will be sent to Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria to help local Kurdish and Arab forces with logistics Defense One reports that administration officials said there are plans underway to develop a special operations task force in Baghdad, Iraq, to combat the Islamic State threat, there.