During roughly two months in Syria, Marines fired more than 4,500 rounds in support of Kurdish and Syrian Arab forces, said the spokesman of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
The Marines were supporting the foreign troops as they tightened the noose on the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa, Maj. Craig Thomas said on Wednesday.
About 400 artillery Marines deployed to Syria during the 11th MEU’s seven-month deployment aboard the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group. The Marines were recently replaced by another Marine artillery unit, which has not been identified.
Marine Corps officials were tight-lipped on Wednesday when talking to reporters about the 11th MEU’s contributions to operations in Syria and elsewhere. Thomas said that the number of artillery rounds the Marines fired in Syria was the one statistic he was allowed to share.
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WNU Editor: This Marine unit has since been replaced by another one .... New Marine artillery unit arrives in Syria ahead of Raqqa offensive (Marine Times).