Harper Neidig – May. 21, 2016
The head of U.S. Central Command made a secret visit to Syria on Saturday to examine Arab and Kurd efforts to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to The Associated Press.
Army Gen. Joseph Votel spent 11 hours in northern Syria meeting with Syrian Arab and Kurd fighters, as well as with leaders of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of groups supported by the U.S.
The AP says Votel is the highest-ranking officer known to have entered the country since the U.S. first began its anti-ISIS operations.