President Barack Obama has approved sending 50 American "military advisors" to northern Syria.
These forces will coordinate local ground forces. They will also help the coalition of nations trying to counter the terrorist Islamic State group. Those nations include Great Britain, France, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada and others.
This is the first time the U.S. government is officially sending ground forces to Syria for more than a raid or a specific mission.
In addition, government officials told reporters at the White House that Obama approved meetings with Iraqi leaders. The goal of the meetings is to create a special-operations force to weaken and defeat IS leaders and networks.
And, Obama has ordered more A-10 and F-15 warplanes to NATO's airbase in Turkey.
A senior official said the Obama administration is "intensifying" the counter-IS campaign. The administration made the decision after considering studies about the effectiveness of previous anti-IS tactics.
The U.S. has made "good progress" in Iraq and Syria when it has worked closely with effective partners on the ground, the White House said.
Officials stressed that diplomats are still trying to reach a political solution in Syria. In Vienna, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with diplomats from Iran and Russia. Those countries are the two main allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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1.approve v. 赞成，同意；赞许；批准
Congressional panels approve health care reform bills.
We need to coordinate our efforts.
Both of them had to counter fierce criticism...
I want a specific answer.
5.weaken v. 使虚弱，使衰弱；削弱，减弱
Nothing can weaken his resolve to become a lawyer.
1.In addition, government officials told reporters at the White House that Obama approved meetings with Iraqi leaders.
You need money and time, in addition, you need diligence.
2.The U.S. has made "good progress" in Iraq and Syria when it has worked closely with effective partners on the ground, the White House said.
But poorer regions will find it harder to make progress, she adds.
这些力量将与当地地面部队合作。他们还将帮助各国联盟打击恐怖分子伊斯兰国组织 。这些国家包括大不列颠，法国，阿联酋，卡塔尔，澳大利亚，德国，荷兰，加拿大和其他国家 。
官员们强调，外交官们仍然努力在叙利亚达成政治解决方案。在维也纳，美国国务卿约翰·克里与来自伊朗和俄罗斯的外交官召开会议 。伊朗和俄罗斯是叙利亚总统阿萨德的两个主要盟国 。
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