Date
26 September 2017
Tomahawk cruise missiles are said to have been used in the US strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. Photo: Reuters
Tomahawk cruise missiles are said to have been used in the US strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. Photo: Reuters

US, Arab allies launch first strikes on IS inside Syria

The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

“I can confirm that US military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against (Islamic State) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,” Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby was quoted as saying in a statement.

“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time.”

Reuters quoted a source as saying that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain were all involved, and that Qatar also played a supporting role in the air strikes.

At least one US ship had launched surface-to-surface Tomahawk cruise missiles, and armed US drones were also used in the attacks, according to the report.

The targets included Raqqa city in eastern Syria, the headquarters of Islamic State. 

US officials and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group that tracks violence in the Syrian war, said buildings used by the militants, their weapons supplies and checkpoints were targeted in the attacks on Raqqa. Areas along the Iraq-Syria border were also said to have been hit.

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RC

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