South Front reports that as gains are made by the US-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry is questioning the deployment of a US artillery rocket system. According to the report, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Thursday that the US military has deployed two High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from Jordan to Syria. The ministry added that these systems cannot provide support to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces storming the Islamic State (also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh) stronghold of Raqqah. In a statement, the ministry said, “The US-led anti-Daesh coalition has several times already attacked Syrian government forces fighting Daesh [Islamic State] near the Jordanian border. It is possible to assume that similar strikes could be continued in the future, involving HIMARS from now on. So what objectives is the US pursuing in Syria and whom are the US servicemen fighting there?”
South Front report found here.