first published on April 3, 2018 by Sean
High-def video released by the US military highlights the capabilities of the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during combat operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Filmed at an undisclosed location inside Syria, the stunning drone footage provides a truly unique visual demonstration of the continued US effort in the Middle East. Video courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps and Sgt. Matthew Callahan.
A recently released US Defense Department video captures a stunning high-def look inside US combat support operations in Iraq and Syria. Filmed last fall during the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) operation to liberate Raqqa, the release stated,
“U.S. Army soldiers conduct training drills and fire missions with M142 High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) at an undisclosed location in Syria between the months of August and September, 2017. The soldiers were firing for the Coalition’s local partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, as part of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. CJTF-OIR is the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.”
The video begins with an overhead look from a drone – following the soldiers as they scramble to the staged trucks protected by hesco barriers and throwing on their kit as the hustle through the stifling moon dust.
Quickly loaded into the trucks, the rocket battery rapidly deploys against the backdrop of the setting sun to its firing positions outside and away from the isolated desert camp. The multitude of tracks in the sun baked sand revealing that this surely isn’t their first fire mission.
The drone hovers above the dispersed HIMARS and then begins to slowly orbit the vehicles as they button up and prepare to fire their deadly ordinance. The large rockets begin to streak from their launchers in a fury of fire and dust, arching into the now fading light of the evening sky.