President Obama on Monday announced that he’ll send up to 250 additional military personnel to Syria to help fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

{mosads}The move will expand the footprint of American forces inside the country. Obama recently signed off on a new deployment that would increase the number of American troops operating in Syria to about 300, up from about 50.

“They’re not going to be leading the fight on the ground, but they will be essential in providing the training and assisting the local forces that continue to drive ISIL back,” the president said during a speech in Hannover, Germany, using an alternative acronym for the group.

While the forces won’t be leading the fight on the front lines, Obama trumpeted the success of U.S. troops in assisting local forces in Syria battling ISIS and providing intelligence about troop locations and ISIS strongholds.

“Their expertise has been critical as local forces have driven ISIL out of key areas,” Obama said, adding that the additional troops could help “keep up this momentum.”

Obama was set to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi later Monday to cap off a six-day trip abroad and discuss the fight against ISIS.

Cyra Master contributed to this report, which was updated on April 25 at 8:04 a.m.


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