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US provides armoured SUVs to Syrian anti-IS forces: US official

AFP
Published Jan 31, 2017, 9:03 pm IST
Updated Jan 31, 2017, 9:10 pm IST
Though the supply came under the administration of Trump, it was allowed by rules first enacted by his predecessor Obama.
US armoured vehicles in Iraq. (Photo: Representational Image/AP)
 US armoured vehicles in Iraq. (Photo: Representational Image/AP)

Washington: The United States has for the first time supplied up-armoured vehicles to the Arab component of a coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, a US defense official confirmed Tuesday.

Though the supply came under the administration of President Donald Trump, it was allowed by rules first enacted by his predecessor Barack Obama.

 

"We have provided armoured Sport Utility Vehicles to the Syrian Arab Coalition using existing authorities, in the interest of helping protect our partnered force from the (IS) improvised-explosive device threat," US military spokesman Colonel John Dorrian told AFP.

"The decision was made by military commanders, and has been in the works for some time," Dorrian said.

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