US mobile rocket system used in support of Turkish operations against ISIL

US forces hit Isis targets in Syria with mobile rocket system, official says

US diplomat says military hit Islamic State targets along Turkey border as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seize villages from militants

“US forces struck [Isis] targets near Turkey’s border in Syria last night via newly deployed Himars system,” Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the coalition to counter Islamic State, said on his official Twitter account.

Himars is an acronym for “High Mobility Artillery Rocket System”. It was not immediately clear when the system was deployed at Turkey’s border.

Turkey, a member of the US-led coalition against Isis, on Saturday sent tanks across the frontier from Kilis province, starting a western leg in an operation to sweep militants from its border.

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seized several villages from Isis, the insurgents and monitors said.
It appears they are at least focusing on ISIL instead of the Kurds in this aspect of their military operations.   I believe  the mobile rocket system is one that former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld chose over the more heavy artillery equipment the army had been pushing.


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