Arms seized by Islamic State in Syria pose threat to US-led forces

December 14, 2016 18:47


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WASHINGTON - The head of US forces fighting ISIS said on Wednesday that weapons seized by the group when they captured the Syrian city of Palmyra posed a danger to US-led coalition in the region, but he said that threat could be managed.

Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend told a Pentagon video briefing that the weapons seized by ISIS when it captured Palmyra recently included armored vehicles and air defense equipment.

"I'm not really exactly sure ... what they've seized there. We believe it includes some armored vehicles and various guns and other heavy weapons, possibly some air defense equipment," Townsend said. "Basically anything they seized poses a threat to the coalition but we can manage those threats and we will."

He indicated US forces would strike the weapons as the opportunity presented itself. He also said fighting between Russian-backed Syrian government forces and Syrian rebels in Aleppo was unlikely to significantly affect the US-backed effort to take the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, Syria.

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