U.S. Army increasing presence in Syria, says ISIS still a threat

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Sep 19th, 2020 1:50 pm
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Last Updated Sep 21st, 2020 at 6:20 pm

The U.S. Army is boosting its presence in Syria as the terrorist group ISIS (also known as "Daesh") still poses a threat, according to a coalition spokesman.

"Despite the territorial defeat of ISIS, the degradation of its leadership, and the widespread refutation of its ideology, this violent extremist group still poses a threat," said Col. Wayne Marotto, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). "Unless pressure on Daesh is maintained, its reemergence remains a very real possibility."

Marotto said the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) "plans to position mechanized infantry assets, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, to Syria."

The M2 Bradley is an American infantry fighting vehicle designed "to transport infantry on the battlefield, to provide fire cover to dismounted troops, and to suppress enemy tanks and fighting vehicles," according to Army-technology.com. The last deployment of Bradleys in Syria was in October 2019 to partner with Syrian Democratic Forces to defeat remaining ISIS forces.

"The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation in Syria, but will defend Coalition forces if necessary," Captain Bill Urban, U.S. Navy, U.S. Central Command Spokesman said.

The "Coalition" refers to the Global Coalition, a group formed in September 2014 "committed to degrading and ultimately defeating Daesh."

"We remain steadfast in our commitment to working by, with, and through our partners to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh," Marotto said.


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