Under the Trump administration, the United States Military is now stepping up their game in working to defeat ISIS.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The most senior U.S. commander overseeing the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria says the deployment of a Marine artillery unit to Syria was done under existing authorities and is consistent with the current strategy of fighting ISIS without putting U.S. troops on the front lines.
“We have adopted a by, with and through approach that places a heavy reliance on indigenous forces,” said Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the U.S. Central Command.
“While this approach does present some challenges and can be more time consuming, it is proving effective and is likely to pay significant dividends going forward,” Votel said.
In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Votel confirmed that elements of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit moved from U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean into an undisclosed location in Syria as local Kurdish and Arab fighters prepare to mount an assault on Raqqa, the Islamic States’ self-proclaimed capital in Syria.
The Marines deployed with M777 Howitzers, which have the capability to lob 155-millimeter shells at targets up to 20 miles away with pinpoint accuracy.
Votel said the addition of the artillery unit was designed to provide “redundant, capable fire-support to local partners.”
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