Photos of Strykers and up-armored Humvees flying U.S. flags were posted on social media over the weekend after the U.S. regional command confirmed that Special Forces troops in northeastern Syria had moved toward Manbij. Photo via Twitter
DoD Buzz: US Stryker Combat Vehicles Seen Near Syrian Flashpoint Town
U.S. Stryker combat vehicles have been spotted in northeastern Syria, where special operations troops have been on the move to head off potential clashes among a number of rival forces converging on the flashpoint town of Manbij.
Photos of the eight-wheeled Strykers and up-armored Humvees flying U.S. flags were posted on social media over the weekend after the U.S. regional command confirmed that elements of the 500 mostly Special Forces troops in northeastern Syria had moved toward Manbij.
The presence of the armored Strykers in Syria had not previously been known, but Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, said on a visit last month that the U.S. was considering moving artillery and other heavy equipment into the country to aid local partners in an eventual assault on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, about 71 miles southeast of Manbij.
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