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U.S. Central Command Statement regarding arrival of Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Syria

U.S. Central Command Public Affairs

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“U.S. Central Command has directed a number of actions in northeast Syria to help ensure the safety and security of Coalition forces. The United States has deployed Sentinel radar, increased the frequency of U.S. fighter patrols over U.S. forces, and deployed Bradley Fighting Vehicles to augment U.S. forces in the Eastern Syria Security Area (ESSA). These actions are a clear demonstration of U.S. resolve to defend Coalition forces in the ESSA, and to ensure that they are able to continue their Defeat-ISIS mission without interference. Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve re-postures elements in northeast Syria to ensure the protection of our forces and the continuation of the Defeat-Daesh mission. The Defense Department has previously deployed Bradleys to northeast Syria pursuant to these goals. The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation in Syria, but will defend Coalition forces if necessary.”

- Captain Bill Urban, USN, U.S. Central Command Spokesman