Deliberately Visible: A New U.S. Syria Strategy
Images have appeared in circulation showing a patrol of U.S. M1126 Strykers flying deliberately prominent U.S. flags in the Kurdish-held Manbij region of Northern Syria. After arriving in the town of Manbij, U.S. forces are rumoured to have contracted a local tailoring shop to procure large flags. The forces then proceeded to conduct a high-profile patrol around the city and its outlying villages that appears to have little tactical value. For the traditional Syria strategy of insertions of low-profile special operations forces, this show of force marks...