AMMAN, June 14 The U.S. military has moved a new
truck-mounted, long-range rocket launcher from Jordan to a U.S.
base in Tanf, Syria near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders,
stepping up its presence in the area, two regional intelligence
sources said on Wednesday.
They said the HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket
Systems) were now in the desert garrison that has seen a
build-up in military equipment in recent weeks as tensions
escalate after the U.S.-led coalition struck Iranian-backed
forces to prevent them advancing towards the Tanf base.
"They have arrived now in Tanf and they are a significant
boost to the U.S. military presence there," one senior
intelligence source sai, without elaborating, but adding that
the HIMARS had already been deployed in northern Syria with U.S.
backed forces battling Islamic State militants.
(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; editing by Mark Heinrich)