Via The War Files – For the past two days, the US military has been providing active support for the Syrian Democratic Forces via Marine Field Artillery Teams and close-air support rom Apache helicopters, to support the SDF’s bid to take Raqqa, the ‘capital’ of the Islamic State. The SDF launched the siege on Monday, a week after the US started to deliver weapons and equipment to them. The Apache’s provide valuable air support and has a “psychological advantage” in the battle, Defense Department spokesman Eric Payhon said. “When ISIS sees the Apache AH-64s, well, it’s a psychological advantage.”
“The Marine M777 Howitzers are providing a significant enabling capability to our Special Operations Forces and partners on the ground,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said today. The DOD wouldn’t disclose the number of Apaches, Howitzers or troops taking part in the assault because “we have a limited presence in Syria and we don’t want ISIS to have an idea of our capabilities,” Payhon said.