Obama deploys 250 US personnel to Syria

Barack Obama says he backed the deployment to add to special forces driving Isis out of key areas in Syria.

US president Barack Obama.Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - American President Barack Obama has confirmed he's approved the deployment of as many as 250 additional US personnel to Syria.

He says the group includes Special Forces, to train and assist local forces fighting the Islamic State militants.

Speaking in Germany a short while ago, Obama announced he's backed the deployment to build on momentum from Special Forces already on the ground in Syria in driving Isis out of key areas.

Obama also spoke passionately about the migrant crisis, saying world leaders need to shoulder the responsibility together.