An unnamed US Government official has stated that Cuban Special Forces* and paramilitary troops have arrived in Syria, and will support the Assad regime in military operations. They may have arrived on board the Russian military transports that recently delivered Russian ground forces to Western Syria.
What effect these soldiers will have on the progression of normalization of Cuban-American diplomatic and commercial relations, and the lifting of sanctions, in unknown, but some members of the US Congress could move to freeze any further ties, and delay the lifting of the universal economic sanctions that are currently in place.
Though the United States has no regular ground troops in Syria, special operations troops, such as Navy Seals, Army Special Forces, and Delta, are believed to be working inside Syria. The potential consequence of any military action, between US forces and Cuban troops, cannot be ignored, particularly if there are casualties, and would probably deal a major setback to any ongoing efforts to normalize the Cuban-American relationship.
|Insignia of Cuban special operations units|
* Known as the Black Wasps. Their presence in Venezuela has been detailed previously on this blog.