Elite US military forces have been photographed for the first time in Syria as they join largely Kurdish forces on an advance toward, Raqqa, the Islamic State terror group’s capital.

A photographer with Agence France-Presse captured US special operations forces with Kurdish forces known as the YPG, part of the US-mentored Syrian Democratic Forces, in a rural village less than 40 miles from Raqqa. Some US troops wear the insignia of the YPG in an apparent show of support.

Peter Cook, the Pentagon press secretary, resisted commenting on the photographs and would only describe the US special operations forces’ mission in generic terms.

“Our special operations forces in the past have, yes, worn insignias and other identifying marks with their partner forces,” Cook told reporters on Thursday.

Fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa.


Fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa….

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