U.S. forces in Syria brought out the big guns Monday, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles at a remote base, significantly ramping up U.S. firepower, CBS News reports. According to Major General Eric Hill, their arrival is to counter new threats on the battlefield.
“We’ve been conducting a withdrawal. We’ve been resetting ourselves here in the east and as we do that, we want to make sure we have the right mix of different vehicles and combat power here to sustain ourselves,” Hill said.
That power is not to match ISIS, but the militaries of the Syrian regime, the Russians, or even militias backed by fellow NATO partner Turkey. All are now carving up territory once controlled by America and its Kurdish allies, CBS News notes.
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“Force protection is always something that U.S. forces will ensure,” Hill said.
But U.S. forces protecting oil fields face renewed threats after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that Syrian forces must soon take them back under their control, CBS News adds.