Washington, Sep 23 (TruthDive): The United States and Arab partner countries launched huge airstrikes against the targets of ISIS in Syria on Monday for the first time, the Pentagon said. The latest operation marks the introduction of a new and a far more complicated front in the battle against militants.
The American jets started bombing Syria early Tuesday, raising U.S. participation in the war-torn nation and conveying a powerful message to the terror group.
Rear Admiral John Kirby, press secretary of Pentagon, said in a statement he could confirm that the U.S. military forces and partner country forces are taking military action against Syria’s ISIL terrorists using a combination of Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, fighter and bomber.
Reports from US media say five Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar are also measures in the air strikes.
The officials of U.S. have cautioned the government of Syria not to interfere with any U.S. air action against the militants.
Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Pool, Pentagon spokesman confirmed that the air strikes are on progress on late Monday, but he declined to give out any further information as the operation was ongoing. He said the decision to conduct the air strikes was done early Monday by Central Command commander of the US under authorization offered to him by his commander-in-chief. He added he would later provide more information on the strikes.
The airstrikes were focused on the stronghold of ISIS at Raqqa, though other places were as well hit. They were the first attacks inside the nation against the terror group since the announcement from President Barack Obama came this month that he was equipped to increase the American struggles beyond Iraq targets.
The attacks were carried out by manned Navy aircraft and Air Force, and the Tomahawk missiles were launched from U.S. ships in the northern Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.