The United States and five Arab countries launched an air strike campaign in Syria during the late-night hours of Sept. 22, according to breaking news reports. The air strikes are focused on ISIS targets inside Syria.
The United States has begun military action against ISIS in Syria, CNN reports. The air strikes targeting the terror group were reportedly focused on Raqqa, a city in north central Syria. Here are the latest details.
US Begins Air Strikes In Syria On ISIS Targets
Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby tweeted on Sept. 22: “US military & partner nation forces have begun striking ISIL targets in Syria using mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles.”
“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time,” he added in a statement.
America, along with several Arab allies, “struck a broad array of targets in territory controlled by the militants, known as the Islamic State,” The New York Times reports.At least 20 targets in Raqqa and the surrounding area were hit during the strikes, the opposition group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told CNN.
The Arab nations of Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are the United States’ foreign partners in the air strikes, a senior U.S. military official told CNN.
The official added that the pace of the operation was “intense.” At this time, it is unknown how many targets are part of the strikes or how long the strikes are expected to last. President Barack Obama has not yet made a statement about the air strikes.
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