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    US Deploying HIMARS Multiple Rocket Launchers Against Daesh

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    The United States is deploying units to the Middle East that can operate the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to aid the US-coalition against the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told troops at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States was accelerating its fight against Daesh in "every possible way," Carter explained.

    "Today I visited a number of Army units one of them… the HIMARS battery… they’re actually deploying to the Middle East right now, and actually units like that will be participating in the counter ISIL [Islamic State/Daesh] fight," Carter said on Friday.

    He added the US-led coalition would also step up its cyber offense against the terror group to disable it from using the Internet to "dominate and tyrannize."

    The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been conducting airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

    The Islamic State, also known as Daesh, has been designated as a terrorist group and outlawed in the United States, Russia as well as in other countries.


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