US #Army Rangers in #Manbij, #Syria
US Army Rangers Hold Coalition Forces Together
“A small number of Army Rangers are in and around Manbij performing reassurance and deterrence missions,” according to Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis announced. The Rangers were put in place when the U.S. military saw a situation developing where “the different parties on the ground were at risk of skirmishing with each other and fighting each other,” he explained.
Focus on Fighting ISIS
“We want to see all parties focused on the common enemy: ISIS,” Davis said. “Thus far, our presence there has achieved that.”
Manbij in northern Syria is a hub for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve training of new SDF recruits in the fight against ISIS/ISIL in Syria.
In the past 24 hours, the U.S.-led coalition has conducted four strikes consisting of six engagements and 40 munitions in support of operations in Syria against ISIS targets in support of SDF operations to isolate Raqqa, Davis said.
Source: US Department of Defense.
Photo: US Army 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, Capt Ben Jackman with Iraqi Army during live fire exercise, photo by capt Philip Crabtree, 9 Dec 2010.