U.S. deploys truck-mounted missile to aid rebels
BEIRUT | The U.S. has deployed a truck-mounted missile system into Syria, an official said Wednesday, to a forward-operating group of rebels and U.S. military advisers that have repeatedly clashed with government forces.
The deployment raises the stakes in eastern Syria, where Iranian-sponsored pro-government forces have outflanked U.S. advisers and rebels holding the Tanf border crossing to establish their own link to Iraq for the first time in years.
Shifting the missile system into eastern Syria from Jordan will give the U.S. a precise, long-range weapon to protect its advisers and allies in Tanf, and to attack Islamic State militants further downfield. It has a range of 186 miles.