Speaking from Germany U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday he is to send up to 250 additional military personnel to Syria to support local militias in the fight against the Islamic State group.
"Make no mistake," he said. "These terrorists will learn the same lessons that other before them have, which is: your hatred is no match for our nations, united in defence of our way of life."
The new deployment will bring to 300 the number of U.S. troops in non-combat roles in Syria, Obama said in Hanover before a group Europeans who helped tear down the Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the audience.
He said that the U.S. can not win the battle by itself, but rather would rely on “a strong Europe to bear its share of the burden” for our shared security.
“Europe’s unity and prosperity is inherently integrated with our own,” he said. “A strong united Europe is a necessity for the world.”
Regarding other foreign issues Obama said that the West needed to uphold the sanctions it has imposed against Russia over the Ukraine crisis until Moscow fully implements the so-called Minsk peace agreement.