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ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says the United States will deploy a rocket launcher system in southeastern Turkey across the border from Syria.
In an interview with the Haberturk newspaper published Tuesday, Mevlut Cavusoglu said U.S. HIMARS missiles would arrive in May as part of a joint effort to combat the Islamic State group.
Turkey regularly shells IS targets in northern Syria in response to cross-border rockets which have hit the Turkish town of Kilis.
Turkish shells have a range of approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) whereas HIMARS missiles can reach targets 90 kilometers away. HIMARS stands for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.
The Turks seem to be able to get away with literal murder, and without NATO censure, as they bomb the PKK Kurds and anyone else in the vicinity.....Now we will be able to help them.
originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
a reply to: bandersnatch
That must be to protect the supply lines between ISIS and Turkey
Looks like more escalation in the never ending war.....
The US will place these 90 KM range artillery systems along the Syrian border....
The U.S. will place a HIMARS rocket artillery system in Turkey to stop cross-border attacks by ISIS in Syria and also base the mobile system in northern Iraq to back an eventual push on Mosul, a top military planner said Tuesday.
"Those are two separate HIMARS systems -- one going to be used in Turkey to support our operations, one in support of our operations in Iraq," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten, deputy commander for operations and intelligence for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
The truck-mounted M-142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) will be placed in northern Iraq to support Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) for the eventual offensive on the ISIS stronghold of Mosul and will "absolutely" move forward with the ISF as it gains ground, Gersten said in a video briefing from Baghdad to the Pentagon.
Gersten said the HIMARS in northern Iraq would initially be placed in the Tigris River Valley, suggesting that the system would be used to support Iraqi forces near Makhmour, about 60 miles southeast of Mosul. The ISF has been using Makhmour as a staging area for a Mosul offensive that has currently stalled against heavy resistance from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters.
"As part of this deal, HIMARS systems will be arriving in Turkey's borders in May. Therefore, we will be able to hit Islamic State in a more efficient way," Cavusoglu told the Haberturk newspaper, Reuters reported.