The U.S. has decided to strengthen its presence in northeastern Syria by deploying armored vehicles and the Sentinel (“Sentry”) missile defense system. The Anadolu agency reports this with reference to the statement by Colonel Bill Urban, spokesman for the U.S. Armed Forces Central Command (CENTCOM).
“CENTCOM has ordered the security of coalition forces in north-eastern Syria. Sentinel BMD systems are being deployed to Syria to provide air patrols, and Bradley armored vehicles are being deployed to support the U.S. Army,” Urban explained. However, he refused to specify the number of vehicles being transferred, Urban said, in order to further fight terrorists and protect coalition forces if necessary. The command spokesman recalled that the Pentagon had previously transferred Bradley armored vehicles to Syria.
Earlier, in May, it became known about the weak preparedness of the United States for the 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.