US provides armored SUVs to Syrian anti-IS forces: US official

The United States has for the first time supplied up-armored vehicles to the Arab component of a coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, a US defense official confirmed Tuesday.

Though the supply came under the administration of President Donald Trump, it was allowed by rules first enacted by his predecessor Barack Obama.

"We have provided armored Sport Utility Vehicles to the Syrian Arab Coalition using existing authorities, in the interest of helping protect our partnered force from the (IS) improvised-explosive device threat," US military spokesman Colonel John Dorrian told AFP.

 Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces drive on the western outskirts of the Islamic State bastion of Raqa, in December 2016

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces drive on the western outskirts of the Islamic State bastion of Raqa, in December 2016 ©DELIL SOULEIMAN (AFP/File)

"The decision was made by military commanders, and has been in the works for some time," Dorrian said.

 

 

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