The US has ramped up its military presence in Syria after a number of skirmishes with Russian forces intensified tensions in the country. Six Bradley Fighting Vehicles and about 100 troops were part of the deployment to north-east Syria.
US Navy Captain Bill Urban said the move would "ensure the safety and security of Coalition forces". He added that, alongside the fighting vehicles, which had been previously based in Kuwait, the US would also deploy a "Sentinel radar" and increase "the frequency of US fighter (aircraft) patrols over US forces".
NBC News cited officials as saying the troops and vehicles were sent to deter Russian forces from entering a security area, where US coalition and Kurdish forces were operating. Such incidents escalated this year.
source: commonspace.eu with BBC (London)
photo: A US vehicle in Syria (archive picture)
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