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U.S. Conducts its First Trial of Airstrikes Against the Islamic State in Syria

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Published on : Sep 23, 2014

The U.S. and its allies in the Middle East rammed down a barrage of airstrikes on Syrian positions of the Islamic State militant group. The move is being considered a major expansion of President Barack Obama’s efforts in destroying the extremist group that has been wrecking havocs in Syria and Iraq for the past three years now.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, secretary of the Pentagon press stated in an emailed statement that the U.S. military and forces from its partner nations have started military action against the IS terrorists in Syria. A mix of bomber, Tomahawk Land Attack and fighter missiles is being used for the purpose. 

The details, however, regarding the involvement of allied forces were not officially released. According to U.S. defense officials with the knowledge of the airstrikes, Sunni Arab countries, including UAE, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia played roles in these attacks. 

Other Arab nations, including Bahrain and Qatar contributed in the attacks by allowing use of intelligence, military bases and other support, the official added. 

These attempts by U.S. and allied forces to curb activities of the Sunni extremist group are to stop the group from advancing further. IS has already seized control over substantial portions of Iraq and Syria. The Pentagon had previously pounded more than 190 airstrikes against IS targets. All the strikes were, however, undertaken in Iraq solely. Most of the strikes targeted individual targets such as military vehicles.

Kirby added that the decision of conducting the strikes was made by the U.S, Central Command earlier today. 

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