N. #Manbij: US reinforced their presence with Stryker IAVs on S. side of Sajour River bordering with #EuphratesShield territory. pic.twitter.com/hkJqF0TsQr— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) March 4, 2017
Adam Linehan, Task & Purpose: Did The US Military Just Invade Syria?
Several days ago, a convoy of U.S. troops was spotted crossing the border into Syria from Iraqi Kurdistan. The convoy, comprised mostly of hulking Stryker armored fighting vehicles, was en route to the Syrian village of Manbij, which was recently liberated from ISIS. It’s the most overt U.S. military action on the ground in Syria to date. In fact, each vehicle in the convoy was outfitted with a large American flag. The soldiers were meant to be seen. It didn’t take long for photos to surface on the internet, and the Department of Defense was prepared with an explanation.
According to Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, the soldiers were deployed to Syria to keep peace among the myriad militias and other forces who have temporarily set aside longstanding feuds to focus on repelling ISIS from Manbij. “It’s a visible reminder, for anybody who’s looking to start a fight, that the only fight that should be going on right now is with ISIS,” Davis told the Associated Press.
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WNU Editor: We shall see where this deployment ends up. My gut tells me that they will soon be on their way to Raqqa.