“They’re not going to be leading the fight on the ground, but they will be essential in providing the training and assisting local forces that continue to drive ISIL back,” he said.
This, he said, will help keep up “momentum” in the fight against the group, which is also known as ISIS.
“We want to accelerate that progress and we believe the commitment of additional US special forces can play a critical role,” he added.
Obama is presently visiting Germany for talks with the country’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. On Monday leaders from Britain, France and Italy will join them to discuss the ongoing war effort against ISIS.