U.S. Syria plan includes more assistance to Jordan, Lebanon - source

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  • Friday, 30 Oct 2015

People inspect a site hit by missiles fired by Syrian government forces on a busy marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria October 30, 2015. At least 40 people were killed and about 100 wounded after Syrian government forces fired missiles into the market place in a town near Damascus, a conflict monitor and a local rescue group said on Friday. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. strategy to assist in the fight against Islamic State in Syria will include a new special operations force in Erbil in northern Iraq, "intensified" cooperation with Iraqis in retaking Ramadi and expanded security assistance to Jordan and Lebanon, a senior U.S. Senate source said.

The expanded assistance to Jordan and Lebanon will include intelligence assistance to expand Jordanian air strikes against Islamic state, the source told Reuters.

Ahead of its announcement about its plans for Syria, the Obama administration has been briefing members of the U.S. Congress about the operations.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Bill Trott)

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