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SEPTEMBER 2020

Fresh U.S. Troops, Armored Vehicles Enter Northeast Syria

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Fresh U.S. Troops, Armored Vehicles Enter Northeast Syria

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment provide security support during mission on Sept. 9, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Syria. (Cpl. Gabino Perez/Marine Corps)

Fresh U.S. forces entered northeast Syrian on November 26 coming from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The UK-based monitoring group said in a report that the forces consisted of three armored vehicles and three “battle tanks,” which likely means M2A2 Bradley Infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

“U.S. warplanes escorted the [force’s] convoy,” the SOHR’s report reads.

These forces will likely head to one of the remaining U.S. bases in the eastern Syrian governorates of al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor, where the U.S. military is supposedly “guarding” oil fields.

Earlier this year, the U.S. had 1,000 service members deployed throughout northeast Syria. Most of these troops were pulled out last October to facilitate a Turkish-led attack on the region.

Now, the Pentagon says that it will be keeping around 500 troops in the northeastern region to “guard” Syrian oil fields and to conduct joint operations with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS remnants there.

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