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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 3:11 p.m. PST

…Tank in Syria

"A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone took out a Soviet-made T-72 tank in eastern Syria on Saturday in a "self-defense" strike after pro-regime forces fired on U.S. advisers and allied Syrian fighters.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, head of Air Forces Central Command, acknowledged Tuesday that the battlespace in Syria is becoming increasingly contested as more operators move into the area, making response decisions ever more complicated.

"… We rely upon our folks who are on the ground to make that decision, primarily the ground force commander," Harrigian told reporters from the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, during a video teleconference briefing…"
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28mm Fanatik13 Feb 2018 3:23 p.m. PST

Who's to say that the pro-regime forces are the "attackers" while the SDF and advisors are the "defenders"? Maybe it's the other way around.

USAFpilot13 Feb 2018 4:25 p.m. PST

Time to declare victory and go home. The caliphate has been destroyed. There is no purpose for US troops to be in Syria.

Tgunner13 Feb 2018 4:51 p.m. PST

@28mm Or maybe the report from the troops on the ground who called the strike was right?

@USAF Other than to keep Iran and Syrian Baathists from slaughtering those oppose Assad.

What is interesting is that the T72 went down to an ATGM shot. Do the Syrian loyalists have active defenses on their tanks?

jdginaz13 Feb 2018 8:07 p.m. PST

Simple, when you cross a mutually agreed on de-confliction line and then start firing on the other group your the attacker.

Lion in the Stars15 Feb 2018 8:08 p.m. PST

I doubt the Russians are selling any of their Active Defenses right now.

I know the US would be happy to buy a few sets through dummy companies!

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