Published: Mon, March 13, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

US Marines deploy artillery battery to Syria

US Marines deploy artillery battery to Syria

The move was not only void of Congressional or United Nations approval, but is a violation of Syria's national sovereignty and is thus illegal. The more robust presence could also reflect a freer hand given to the military by President Donald Trump, whose administration is drawing up plans for a Syria policy which he has vowed will "obliterate" IS. reported this week that a U.S. Marine artillery unit quietly set up an artillery base weeks ago with 155 millimeter howitzers.

A group of Camp Pendleton Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit have departed their ships in the Middle East and moved into Syria to help fight ISIS.

"We have become very comfortable and capable of operating together", said Votel, whose post before CentCom was as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

This troop movement came right after another recent temporary deployment of some dozens of army forces to the outskirts of Manbij, Syria, named a "reassure and deter" mission by the Pentagon.

Turkish regime forces shelled Syrian army and allied forces positions near the northern city of Manbij leaving a number of martyrs and wounded, a Syrian military source told the Military Media Center on Thursday.

The meeting signals the Trump administration's intent to sustain US leadership of the coalition, initiated in 2014 under the Obama administration.

The US-led coalition has been backing the SDF's drive for Raqa with air power and hundreds of special operations forces as advisers.

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"For the base in Syria to be useful, it must be within about 20 miles of the operations that USA -backed forces are carrying out".

"We don't really think we can find a way to liberate Raqqa without the Kurds, short of a huge Turkish intervention ― which is not going to happen ― or a huge American intervention ― which is not going to happen", said Michael O'Hanlon, an analyst at the Brookings Institute think tank. What are they going to do?

The US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria conducted 32 strikes consisting of 104 engagements against the Russian-outlawed terror group Islamic State on Thursday, and destroyed the terrorists' headquarters near Raqqa in Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve said in a press release. US military ties with the YPG have deepened since the USA -led coalition first provided air support to defeat Islamic State in the Kurdish town of Kobani at the Turkish border two years ago.

But even a perceived lean toward Moscow and Damascus could bring a backlash from fiercely anti-Assad factions on the ground, threatening to draw American troops into the wider civil war in Syria.

He added that the USA forces "are our partners within the anti-terror coalition and they have been with us in all of our operations".

Turkey views the main Kurdish force — the People's Protection Units, or YPG — to be terrorists due to their ties to Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which the USA also considers to be a terrorist group. This mean that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey would come into direct confrontation with US backed militants potentially sparking a much more prolonged and deeper conflict.

They have captured large areas from IS since then under the cover of airstrikes of the US -led coalition. The U.S. has no democratic aim nor are they exclusively interested in defeating IS or terrorism.

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