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US Forces Deployed Missile Launchers At Northeastern Syria Base – Report

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US Forces Deployed Missile Launchers At Northeastern Syria Base – Report

The Avenger short range air defense missile system mounted on a HMMWV.

The US led coalition has deployed three missiles launchers at one of its main bases in northeastern Syria, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on March 10.

“Ten trucks carrying seven wooden containers and three missile launchers entered the town of al-Shaddadi and headed to the occupation base,“ local sources told the state-run agency. “The wooden containers contain weapons as well as equipment for launching the missiles that were deployed in the bases recently.”

The SANA didn’t provide any details on the missile launchers, which may be US-made AN/TWQ-1 Avenger short-range air-defense systems (SHORADs).

A number of AN/TWQ-1 were spotted near Iraq’s border with Syria last month. Soon after, a report by Forbes said that the US military may soon deploy SOHRADs in northeastern Syria.

US Forces Deployed Missile Launchers At Northeastern Syria Base – Report

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On February 24, the SANA reported the deployment of “shoulder-launched missiles” at al-Shaddadi base in southern al-Hasakah. The agency later determined that they were heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles.

The shoulder-launched missiles were most certainly FIM-92 Stingers, which are the main armament for the AN/TWQ-1 system.

Recently, the US-led coalition denied deploying more troops or establishing new bases in northeastern Syria. However, the facts on the ground say otherwise.

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