Russia Warns Against US Deploying Multiple Rocket Launchers in Syria


Moscow, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina)

The United States has redeployed multiple launchers of the series High Mobility Advanced Rocket System, better known for its acronym HIMARS, from Jordan to Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry publicly confirmed on Thursday.

The Pentagon ordered to move HIMARS units stationed in Jordan, south east of Syria, to a base in At Tanf, north eastern province of Raqqa where US troops are backing up Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that are fighting the Syrian Government.

In a statement, the Russian Defense Ministry has warned the combat 480-kilometer range of HIMARS can’t support the US-controlled units of the SDF in Raqqa, and might be used to target Syrian Armed Forces.

US-led anti-ISIS coalition has on several occasions hit Syrian troops who are fighting the Islamic State, or Daesh in Arab, near the Jordanian border

‘Therefore, it’s not hard to imagine that such strikes on the Syrian military may be continued in the future, but this time with the use of HIMARS,’ the statement cautioned.

The Defense Ministry insisted that ‘the deployment of any type of foreign weaponry on Syrian territory, especially such as reactive multiple launch systems, must be agreed upon with the government of the sovereign country.’

Moscow is closely monitoring the situation on the border between Syria and Jordan, the statement added.

The Russian Defense authority criticized the US for unilaterally declared a so-called ‘deconfliction zone’ in the area, which wasn’t approved by the Syrian government.