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USA will be sending HIMARS to Turkey’s border with Syria

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United States will be sending a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to Turkey’s border with Syria.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Monday confirmed reports that the United States will be sending a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to Turkey’s border with Syria, which has been increasingly targeted by Daesh rocket attacks.

“We have come to an agreement with the US regarding closing down the Manbij area. Our strategy on the issue is set too. …HIMARS rockets will arrive on the Turkish border in May according to this agreement, and we will be able to hit Daesh targets more effectively,” the Turkish FM said.

In recent weeks the Turkish border province of Kilis has been hit by multiple rocket attack from Daesh-held areas in Syria, killing several civilians.

Turkish military retaliated with artillery fire on Daesh positions determined by surveillance drones.

The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a U.S. light multiple rocket launcher mounted on a standard Army Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) truck frame.

The HIMARS carries six rockets or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile on the U.S. Army’s new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) five-ton truck, and can launch the entire Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions (MFOM). HIMARS is interchangeable with the MLRS M270A1, carrying half the rocket load.

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