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Syrian parliamentarian says US decision to deploy troops in Syria is an aggression

  • In this Oct. 27, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the 122nd International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Chicago. Even as Obama sent U.S. troops back to Iraq and ordered the military to stay in Afghanistan, he insisted Syria would remain off limits for American ground forces. Now the president has crossed his own red line.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    In this Oct. 27, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the 122nd International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Chicago. Even as Obama sent U.S. troops back to Iraq and ordered the military to stay in Afghanistan, he insisted Syria would remain off limits for American ground forces. Now the president has crossed his own red line. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov listens during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. The U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other nations have directed the U.N. to begin a new diplomatic process with Syria's government and opposition with the goal of reaching a nationwide cease-fire and political transition. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov listens during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. The U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other nations have directed the U.N. to begin a new diplomatic process with Syria's government and opposition with the goal of reaching a nationwide cease-fire and political transition. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speake during a press conference after a meeting in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Oct 30, 2015. The United States, Russia, Iran and more than a dozen other nations agreed Friday to launch a new peace effort involving Syria's government and opposition groups, but carefully avoided any determination on when President Bashar Assad might leave power — perhaps the most intractable dispute of the conflict. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speake during a press conference after a meeting in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Oct 30, 2015. The United States, Russia, Iran and more than a dozen other nations agreed Friday to launch a new peace effort involving Syria's government and opposition groups, but carefully avoided any determination on when President Bashar Assad might leave power — perhaps the most intractable dispute of the conflict. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

A Syrian member of parliament says the United States decision to send troops into to Syria is an aggression because it does not have the government's agreement.

Sharif Shehadeh told The Associated Press on Saturday that the troops will have no effect on the ground, but Washington wants to say that it is present in Syria.

American officials say up to 50 special operations troops will be sent to assist Kurdish and Arab forces in northern Syria.

A U.S.-led coalition has been targeting the Islamic State group with airstrikes since September 2014, killing 12,000 extremists without weakening the group.

The decision to send U.S. troops to Syria comes a month after Russia began launching airstrikes against insurgents in the country.

Russia's airstrikes were agreed upon with the Syrian government.