The U.S.-led coalition announced on August 9 that its troops had conducted live fire drills in the southeastern Syrian area of al-Tanaf.
During the drills, which were held on July 28, coalition troops fired AT4 84 mm, portable, single-shot recoilless anti-tank weapons. The AT4 has an effective range of 300 meter and can penetrate 420 mm of rolled homogeneous armour.
Hêzên koalîsyonê bi balafirên keşfê li anfê dikin,, Sûriye di şeva 28ê Tîrmeha/Temmuze 2020an de. Koalîsyon di her tarî tam de jîrên xwe diparêze da ku xetera Daiş bısêknîne, û piştgirî bide hewildanên Hevpeymaniyê ji bo aramîkirin û aramiya herêmê. #DefeatDaesh #nightfire pic.twitter.com/1tcpk1CAw1
— Special Ops Joint Task Force-OIR (Iraq/Syria) (@SOJTFOIR) August 9, 2020
Coalition troops also fired M252 81 mm mortars, which have an effective firing range of 5,9 km and can deliver several types of rounds.
Hêzên koalîsyonê firoşgehên roketavêj ên AT4-ê bi tifingan li firokeyek ceribandine lı Tanf’e, Sûriye di 28ê Tîrmeha/Temmuze. Endamên karûbarê hevpeymanan ji bo zêdebûna amadehiyê û pêşîlêgirtina agirbesta Daişê li herêmê xwedan haydariyê li ser sîstemek çekan ü berfireh dikin. pic.twitter.com/1GWON9r0C7
— Special Ops Joint Task Force-OIR (Iraq/Syria) (@SOJTFOIR) August 8, 2020
“Service members maintain proficiency on a wide spectrum of weapons systems in order to increase readiness and deter Daesh aggression in the region,” the coalition’s Special Ops Joint Task Force said in a statement.
Around 200 U.S. troops and 300 Syrian fighters of the so-called Revolutionary Commando Army are now stationed in the al-Tanaf garrison and the 55-km zone around it. The coalition hold live fire drills in the occupied area on a regular basis.
Recent reports by Syrian state media revealed that U.S.-backed fighters in al-Tanaf were supporting ISIS terrorists in the central region. It is still unclear if this cooperation is taking place with the knowledge of the coalition.