U.S. bolsters protection of forces in Syria as tensions climb

U.S. bolsters protection of forces in Syria as tensions climbBy Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has made slight adjustments to its military activities in Syria to strengthen protection of American forces following cruise missile strikes last week on a Syrian air base that heightened tensions, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday. The officials, citing the need to safeguard operations in Syria, declined to specify exactly what measures the United States has taken after the strikes, which Damascus, Tehran and Moscow have roundly condemned. Asked about the Reuters report, a U.S. military spokesman later told a Pentagon news briefing that the U.S. commander for the campaign has been “calling in the resources that he needs” to protect U.S. forces in the wake of the strikes.



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