Bradley fighting vehicles deployed as part of Operation Turn the F**k Around and Go Back To Syria

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So the United States and Syria haven't so much broken up as they have transitioned to being friends with benefits.

Bradley fighting vehicles with the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team — a National Guard unit that includes troops from North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia — have arrived in Deir ez-Zor, the U.S. military's top spokesman in Syria and Iraq tweeted on Thursday.


"Adding mechanized forces provides infantry, maneuverability, and firepower," said Army Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve.

"All coalition military operations are de-conflicted with other forces operating in the region, through pre-existing channels and interlocutors in order to reduce the risk of interference, miscalculation, or unintended escalation of military operations."

The exact number of Bradleys that have been deployed to protect the oil fields in eastern Syria from ISIS — and anyone else — has not been released. Currently, there are no plans to send M1 Abrams tanks to Syria as well, a U.S. official told Task & Purpose on Thursday.

NBC News' Courtney Kube first tweeted on Thursday that the Bradley fighting vehicles and soldiers from the South Carolina National Guard had arrived in Deir ez-Zor.

The U.S. military has been rearranging deck chairs since Turkey invaded Kurdish-held northeastern Syria earlier in October.

In the course of a few weeks, the U.S. military has gone from repositioning a few special operators in Syria to announcing a near total withdrawal from the country to reversing course and dispatching troops to protect the oil fields at the direction of President Donald Trump.

With U.S. forces withdrawing from northeastern Syria while simultaneously flowing into Deir ez-Zor, it was not immediately clear how many service members were currently in the country. The final number of U.S. troops is expected to be below 1,000.

"The coalition continues a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria and will reposition some forces to the Deir ez Zor region in order to continue partnering with the Syrian Democratic Forces to defeat ISIS remnants, protect critical infrastructure, and deny ISIS access to revenue sources," Caggins said.

Deir ez-Zor is the area where U.S. and Kurdish forces came under attack by Russian security contractors in 2018. U.S. airpower helped to annihilate the attackers.

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Asked how he would reassure countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the pardons, Esper said: "We have a very effective military justice system."

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In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Marines of the U.S., left, and South Korea, wearing blue headbands on their helmets, take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exercise, called Ssangyong, part of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. (Associated Press/Yonhap/Kim Jun-bum)

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