The Russian military reinforced its base near the town of Kamyshly in northeastern Syria after the U.S. moved armored vehicles and the Sentinel (“Sentinel”) missile defense system to the region. This was reported on Saturday, September 19, by the Telegram channel “Military Observer”.
According to the channel, the additional forces arrived at the Russian military base less than 12 hours after it became known about the strengthening of the Americans’ positions in the same area.
Colonel Bill Urban, the spokesman for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), said earlier that missile defense systems as well as Bradley armored vehicles had been relocated to the northeast. It was said to be necessary to continue the fight against terrorists and protect coalition forces if necessary. In particular, the BMD systems will be used to provide air patrols, and armored vehicles will be used to support the U.S. army.
Earlier, in May, it became known about the weak preparedness of the U.S. for attacks of the terrorist organization “Islamic State” (IG, banned in Russia) in Syria and Iraq. Director of the program of geopolitics and non-state actors of the Center for Global Policy Hassan Hassan said that if the group continues to be active, it will be difficult for the international community to contain it.
The civil war in Syria began in March 2011. The main parties to the conflict were government forces taking the side of Bashar al-Assad, the so-called moderate opposition, and Islamist groups. The opposition is supported by Turkey; Russia is helping the Assad government.