More U.S. Special Forces to Middle East

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Additional American Special Forces will soon head to the front-lines of the war against ISIS.

The United States says it plans to expand military efforts to defeat the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

The announcement comes as President Obama issues a warning to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on the dangers of getting bogged-down in Syria's bloody civil war.

Polo Sandoval reports from Washington.

More u-s special forces are heading to Iraq and Syria.

U-s defense secretary ash carter broke the news during his testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

(Ash Carter, Defense Secretary): "we're sending, on President Obama's orders, and the Chairman's and my advice, Special Operations forces personnel to Syria to support the fight against ISIL."

Carter says the newly-deployed troops will add to the less than 50 Special Forces sent to northern Syria last month.

While the pentagon isn't disclosing how many will be part of this new wave, they are expected to be on the ground, playing a very active role.

(Ash Carter, Defense Secretary): "These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders."

The pentagon continues to focus on small, mobile Special Forces and not large-scale troop deployments.

The Obama administration has come under some criticism that this strategy does not do enough to eliminate the threat of ISIS.

(President Barack Obama): "I'm confident that we are on the winning side"

On Tuesday, President Obama finished his trip to Paris, where the war on ISIS loomed over global climate talks.

The president delivered this warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin... About the dangers of getting caught up in Syria’s civil war.

(President Barack Obama): "with Afghanistan fresh in the memory, for him to simply get bogged down in an inconclusive and paralyzing civil conflict is not the outcome that he's looking for."

I’m Polo Sandoval reporting from Washington.