US deploys Rangers, Marine artillery to Syria | IHS Jane’s 360

US deploys Rangers, Marine artillery to Syria | IHS Jane’s 360 – CJTF-OIR spokesman Colonel John Dorrian told journalists on 9 March that around 400 additional US personnel from the US Army Rangers and a US Marine Corps artillery unit had been deployed to Syria, saying the US military is “preparing logistical and fire support to enable a successful assault on Al-Raqqah: the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS [the Islamic State militant group]”. General Joseph Votel, commander of the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM), told the Senate Armed Services Committee on the same day that the deployment was to “ensure that we have redundant capable fire support on the ground to support our partners and ensure that we can take advantage of opportunities and ensure [the] continued progress that we have been seeing”.

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