DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 A.M.) – Moments ago, Pentagon officials confirmed the US military had moved its High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) from Jordan into the Al-Tanf border region in southern Syria.

The HIMARS represents a truck-mounted missile system which can reach targets 300 kilometers away, thus bringing the US-led coalition within firing range of Damascus itself.

“We have increased our presence and our footprint and prepared for any threat that is presented by the pro-regime forces,” US Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters at the Pentagon earlier this month.

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One defense official said that the HIMARS move was a response to actions by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), which has deployed its own artillery near the US-declared “de-escalation zone” which covers a 55-kilometer perimeter surrounding Al-Tanf.

In the past, US Marines have also used the HIMARS missiles against ISIS in support of Kurdish forces in northern Syria although coalition troops prefer to use the M777 Howitzers artillery pieces.

US soldiers in southern Syria are embedded with vetted Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels. Due to a recent border offensive by the SAA, the US-led coalition no longer shares a frontline with ISIS in southern Syria which may in turn prompt American forces to retreat into Jordan.

Despite proclamations of a supposed de-escalation zone, the SAA has already advanced within 40 kilometers of the Al-Tanf border crossing and appears keen to retake the Baghdad-Damascus highway with support from Iraqi and Lebanese paramilitary fighters.

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  1. So we have lower ranked officers declaring an act of war will be protected by another act of war on a sovereign nation? NUTS!
    “We have increased our presence and our footprint and prepared for any threat that is presented by the pro-regime forces,” US Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters at the Pentagon earlier this month.

    This is the same officer; “We know ISIS is willing to use chemical weapons,” Colonel Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition said.

  2. USA may answer from Jordan territory. But when it move the stuff into Syria, Syria has the right to destroy it.
    Syria is not the property of the United Soviet of America ❗
    United Soviet of America is now in open war with Syria 🙁

  3. Well, usually, HIMARS is more to be seen as an evoluted GRAD MLRS using guided rockets, each delivering (404 to 644) submunitions (cluster bombs) or an unitary 90kg HE warhead up to 84km.
    Usually, the launcher carries 2 ‘pods’ of 6 rockets but also can carry a single MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS) with 950 M74 submunitions for a 128km range or 275x M74 for a 165km range.
    The MGM-168 ATacMS – Block IVA can also be loaded, in this case, a 230kg HE head can be sent to 300km…
    THUS! The ATacMS program was scrapped in 2007 due to… costs.
    The remaining units being upgraded to hit moving tarets, especially ships, it’s very dubious ATacMS being used for anything else than coastal batteries in the future.
    So don’t expect any hitting Damascus, you won’t have it as a breaking news!
    The more likely to be used is the M26 unguided rocket with a 32km range, carrying 644 submunition each as a salvo is known to… obliterate 1km² at once and these are pretty ‘cheap’ compared to guided systems.

  4. “We have increased our presence and our footprint and prepared for any threat that is presented by the pro-regime forces,” can you believe the audacity of these fucken war criminals saying out in the open that they just invaded illegally a country and moved in equipment to protect themselves from any threats as if this is justified??? fuck you and die in syria mofo’s