On February 21, the US-led coalition moved short-range air-defense systems (SHORADs) from northeastern Syria to western Iraq, according to the Tura News channel on Telegram.
The channel shared photos showing a number of US AN/TWQ-1 Avenger SHORADs loaded on trucks moving towards the city of Ramadi in the province of Anbar.#gallery-1 margin: auto; #gallery-1 .gallery-item float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; #gallery-1 img border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; #gallery-1 .gallery-caption margin-left: 0; /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */
The AN/TWQ-1 Avenger was designed to provide mobile, short-range air defense protection for ground units against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, low-flying fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. The system is in service with the US Army and the US Marine Corps.
It is still unclear when the AN/TWQ-1 Avenger air-defense systems were deployed in northeastern Syria, or if any are still situated in the region.
Earlier today, the US-led coalition denied increasing the numbers of its troops or bases in Syria’s northeastern region. Nevertheless, facts on the ground contradict this claim.
Meanwhile, the NATO is preparing to increase its troops in Iraq from 500 to around 4,000. The US will contribute to the increase, which appears to be a response to the recent wave of attacks by pro-Iranian factions against coalition forces in Iraq.
The recent moves by the US-led coalition in Syria and Iraq indicate that the US and its NATO allies are not planning to leave the Levant any time soon.
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