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U.S. moves long-range rocket launchers to Tanf base in southern Syria - regional intelligence sources
June 14, 2017 / 3:45 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. moves long-range rocket launchers to Tanf base in southern Syria - regional intelligence sources

AMMAN, June 14 (Reuters) - 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)

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