Monday, September 22, 2014

US launches air strikes on Syria Islamic State militants


US launches air strikes on Syria Islamic State militants

 In this undated file photo posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from extremist Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, SyriaIslamic State fighters in Syria

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The US and allied nations have launched the first air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Pentagon has said.
Spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said fighter and bomber jets and Tomahawk missiles were used in the attack.
The strikes were expected as part of President Barack Obama's pledge to "degrade and destroy" IS, which has taken huge swathes of Syria and Iraq.
The US has already undertaken 190 air strikes in Iraq since August.
The group has taken control of portions of a vast area between Syria and Iraq, executed captive soldiers, aide workers and journalists, and threatened the mass killing of religious minorities in Iraq.
On Monday, Rear Adm Kirby confirmed "US military and partner nation forces" were undertaking military action in Syria but did not give details.
"Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time," he said in a statement.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29321136 
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