The U.S.-led coalition announced on September 18 that it had deployed mechanized infantry assets, including M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), in northeastern Syria.
In an official statement, coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said the IFVs were deployed to “ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS.”
“CJTF-OIR [Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve] plans to position mechanized infantry assets, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, to Syria to ensure the protection of Coalition forces and preserve their freedom of movement so they may continue Defeat Daesh operations safely,” the spokesman said.
The Bradley IFV is armed with a 25 mm M242 chain gun, a 7.62 mm coaxial M240C machine gun and a dual TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missile, ATGM, launcher. The M2A2 version was upgraded with additional armors, a better engine and an improved targeting system.
M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles have arrived in North East Syria. The Bradley’s enable continued force protection for @Coalition partners in their ongoing #defeatdaesh mission. pic.twitter.com/5lY1HDwPf7
— Inherent Resolve (@CJTFOIR) September 18, 2020
In October of last year, the U.S.-led coalition deployed a number of M2A2 IFVs in northeastern Syria after withdrawing its troops from Aleppo and Raqqa. The step was meant to ensure the coalition’s main local ally, the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The new deployment was seen by many observers as a step to counter the growing Russian presence in northeastern Syria.
In the last few months, U.S. forces made serious efforts to restrict the movement of Russian troops in the region. This led to several incidents. In one of the most recent incident, seven U.S. service members were injured.
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