Pentagon Reportedly Conducts Large Scale Drills in Syria in Message to Russia

Middle East

Earlier, American media reported that Russia had allegedly warned the US of its intentions to launch precision strikes on territory under the protection of the US-led coalition in Homs province. Moscow hasn’t commented on the claims.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) has announced military drills will be held near its At Tanf garrison in the province of Homs, Syria on September 7 aimed at preparing the troops for further battles against Daesh* forces; however, CNN suggested that there is more to it.

According to an anonymous source in the Pentagon, cited by the news outlet, the drills are being conducted in response to recent warnings allegedly issued by Russia to the US via deconfliction communication lines. Citing Pentagon spokesman Sean Robertson, CNN reported that Moscow has planned to conduct “precision strikes” against militants in the At Tanf area, which is protected by the US-coalition.

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The official statement by CENTCOM did not mention that the drills were a response to alleged Russian warnings. CENTCOM spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said the drills will “demonstrate the capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target and conduct a rapid exfiltration,” but added that the exercises are aimed at bolstering “defeat-ISIS[Daesh]* capabilities.” Furthermore, the CENTCOM statement noted that their Russian counterparts…

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