US Special Forces Going Into Syria 'Very Soon'
A U.S. official says American special forces will go into northern Syria "very soon" on their mission to help coordinate local fighters and the efforts of a U.S.-led coalition targeting Islamic State militants.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk said Sunday during an appearance on CBS television's "Face the Nation" that while the troops are going into Syria, the U.S. will not say exactly when that will happen.
President Barack Obama last month authorized up to 50 troops for the mission that will involve working with local Syrian forces, Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen fighters.
McGurk said the United States is at war with the Islamic State group and that the entire international community needs to be as well.
He also responded to criticism that the U.S. has been moving too slowly to confront the militants in Iraq and Syria, saying efforts have recently accelerated and that the coming push toward the Islamic State de facto capital in Raqqa, Syria could not have happened six months ago.
Israel: Palestinian Women Stabbed Man With Scissors
Israeli authorities reported a Palestinian stabbing attack Monday near a market in central Jerusalem, a day after a series of incidents in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Police said Monday's attack involved two women with scissors stabbing a man before they were shot by a police officer.
On Sunday, the military said a Palestinian stabbed a 21-year-old woman multiple times in the head and chest before nearby soldiers shot him dead.
In an earlier attack, the military said a woman pulled out a knife at a military base entrance and began approaching civilians. A local West Bank settler said he veered his vehicle off the road and struck the woman. A soldier then fired at her and killed her.
The eight week surge in street violence has challenged Israel's security system and alarmed the United States, whose Secretary of State John Kerry is due to visit the region this week.