The U.S. military’s M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) which have been recently deployed in northwestern Syria began conducting operations.
On September 20, the U.S.-led coalition released photos of the recently deployed IFVs moving in the region, where they will be used to guard important oil fields and production facilities.
“Bradley Fighting Vehicles provide the rapid flexibility needed to protect critical petroleum resources. The Coalition continues to work alongside the SDF in their long term commitment to defeat ISIS in northeastern Syria,” the coalition said on Twitter.
Bradley Fighting Vehicles provide the rapid flexibility needed to protect critical petroleum resources. The @Coalition continues to work alongside the SDF in their long term commitment to #defeatdaesh in NE Syria. pic.twitter.com/E7Nt62iGn3
— Inherent Resolve (@CJTFOIR) September 20, 2020
The deployment of the M2A2 Bradleys was announced earlier this week. The IFVs arrived in Jabal Ghul airstrip in the western al-Hasakah countryside on September 19.
— Samir (@obretix) September 19, 2020
U.S. forces will likely use this Bradleys to confront Russian troops in northeastern Syria. The region experienced several confrontations between the two sides in the last few months.
In one of the most recent incidents, seven U.S. service members were injured when a heavy Russian armored vehicle hit their light vehicle.
The M2A2 Bradley is armed with a 25 mm chain gun, a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun and a dual TOW anti-tank guided missile launcher. This makes the IFV the heaviest weapon deployed by the U.S. in northeastern Syria.
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