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Carter Says UAE Will Put Special Forces in Syria

German special forces soldiers exercise an evacuation of a prisoner during the "Swift Response" airborne training exercise in Hohenfels, southern Germany, on Aug. 26, 2015. (Philipp Guelland/AFP/Getty Images)
German special forces soldiers exercise an evacuation of a prisoner during the "Swift Response" airborne training exercise in Hohenfels, southern Germany, on Aug. 26, 2015. (Philipp Guelland/AFP/Getty Images)

BRUSSELS—U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a key Persian Gulf ally has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to assist in the development...




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