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Washington: The White House on Friday confirmed that the United States will send less than 50 Special Operations troops to northern Syria to act as military advisers and help local forces fight the Islamic State (IS), Xinhua reported.

“There — the less than 50 number is accurate. I cannot be more specific than that, primarily for reasons related to Operational Security,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in response to questions about the US plan widely reported in the US media.

Those US troops “do not have a combat mission” and their major task is to build capacity of local moderate opposition forces fighting the IS militants by offering some training and advising, the spokesman said.

He stressed that despite the plan to deploy US troops on the ground in Syria for the first time, the US strategy in fighting the IS in Syria has not changed.

“The first is, you have heard the President (Obama) on many occasions discussed our strategy in Syria. And the fact is, our strategy in Syria has not changed,” Earnest said.

This will be the first time that US troops are deployed on the ground in Syria, where large swaths of territory have been controlled by the IS.

(IANS)

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Apple Music On Lead Over Its Rival Spotify In All Market: Report

Trial users were not part of the comparison, the report added.

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Apple Music now has more than 45 million subscribers world-wide, with an additional 5-10 million free trial users.
Apple Music now has more than 45 million subscribers world-wide, with an additional 5-10 million free trial users. Pixabay

With more than 20 million paying users in the US, Apple Music has just taken the lead over its rival Spotify in an all-important market, the media reported.

Spotify still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May.

“The source, a US-based, major distributor, shared a report detailing the subscriber tallies of several streaming music services, including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Sirius XM. That report now ranks Apple Music as first in the US, at least among primarily on-demand music streaming services,” the Digital Music News recently reported.

Spotify Music still leads outside of the US, tallying 75 million subscribers as part of its first earnings report in May.
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The data for 2018 also shows that Apple is experiencing a far stronger rate-of-growth in the US, suggesting a wider lead over the coming months.

Trial users were not part of the comparison, the report added.

Apple Music now has more than 45 million subscribers world-wide, with an additional 5-10 million free trial users.

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The iPhone maker’s free trials last about three months while Spotify says it has more than 70 million paying subscribers globally, with roughly 160 million overall users. (IANS)

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