On September 10, 2013 President Barack Obama addressed the American people and promised, "I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria," as he called for limited strikes to take down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Yet on Friday the Obama administration announced they were doing just that: putting American special forces on the ground in Syria. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted the deployment of less than 50 special forces troops was not a combat mission and was meant to train and assist local groups battling ISIS.
"That has been the core element of the military component of our strategy from the beginning: building the capacity of local forces on the ground," Earnest said.
The troops would not take part in front line fighting or go on raids, according to officials, but would be allowed to defend themselves if they come under attack and could seek permission to go into the field.