U.S. de­ploys truck-mounted mis­sile to aid rebels

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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