09 Apr '18, 10pm

Check out the high-tech mortar system US forces set up in Manbij

The Trump administration is not sure whether it will stay in Syria for the long-haul, but that hasn’t stopped U.S. service members from reinforcing their positions around the northern Syrian town of Manbij . In pictures and video that first surfaced on Kurdistan 24 — a news outlet in the region — U.S. forces appear to be flexing mine-resistant vehicles, weapons assets and construction equipment to Manbij in order to reinforce two bases there. One such video shows a U.S.-led coalition member setting up an XM905 Advanced Mortar Protection System, or AMPS, a Green Beret weapons sergeant familiar with the system confirmed to Military Times. The system is “used mostly for base defense” and was put up at many forward operating bases across Afghanistan for indirect fire support , the Green Beret said. It’s “heavy, so it’s just meant to stay in place and protect the base,” he adde...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2018/04/09/chec...

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