US and allies strike ISIL targets in Syria

US says bombers, fighter jets and
cruise missiles deployed, and
confirms involvement of Arab
nations in the offensive.
The United States has said it and
its allies have begun bombing
positions held by Islamic State of
Iraq and Levant in Syria, the first
such attacks since forming a
coalition to confront the group.
The attacks began at about 00.30
GMT on Tuesday, with the first
wave of about 20 strikes taking
about 90 minutes. Other waves
were expected in the coming
“I can confirm that US military
and partner nation forces are
undertaking military action
against ISIL terrorists in Syria
using a mix of fighter, bomber
and Tomahawk land attack
missiles,” a spokesman for the
department of defence said.
“The decision to conduct theses
strikes was made earlier today by
the US central command
commander under authorisation
granted him by the commander
in chief. We will provide more
details later as operationally
The US did not confirm what was
targeted, but reports on social
media stated that areas of Raqqa
– the ISIL stronghold in Syria –
were hit.
Tens of ISIL fighters were killed
or wounded in the strikes on
Raqqa and surrounding areas,
according to the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights,
which gathers information from
a network of activists on the
“More than 20 members of ISIL
were killed in strikes on two of
the organisation’s positions in
Raqqa province. The strikes
completely destroyed the two
positions as well as vehicles
stationed there,” the monitoring
group said.


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