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We were about 40 miles from Raqqa, the headquarters of ISIS, but their fighters were just a few miles away, and no one wanted to make a wrong turn.
Past deserted villages, we finally reached the last line of defense.
It wasn't much. One of the soldiers looked like he was barely into his teens. These are the Syrian rebels the U.S. is training and equipping.
Until a few months ago, the whole area was controlled by ISIS.
Gloomy days are a nightmare for rebel forces guarding the front lines. ISIS militants use the fog as cover to launch sneak attacks. The rebels can't see them coming until it's too late to stop them.
The group leader told us warplanes can't see them either. While he said he was grateful for American support, he hadn't actually seen any of the U.S. Special Forces now on the ground..................
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