The deployment of the HIMARS, which can target enemies up to 70km away with 227mm M270 rockets, marks a major escalation in the area, which is utilized by US and British special forces to train the Free Syrian Army. The Russian military said that the combat range of the HIMARS “can’t support the US-controlled units of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa.
At the same time, the forces of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition have on several occasions hit Syrian government troops, who are fighting against Islamic State, near the Jordanian border. Therefore, it’s not hard to imagine that such strikes on the Syrian military may be continued in the future, but this time with the use of HIMARS,” the statement said.
The Russian DM said that “the deployment of any type of foreign weaponry on Syrian territory, especially such as reactive multiple launch systems, must be agreed upon with the government of the sovereign country.” Moscow is and will be “closely monitoring the situation on the border between Syria and Jordan.”