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First air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria


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First air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria

The United States and partner nations have carried out the first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, in what the Pentagon described as a new and far more complicated front in the battle against the ISIS militants.

The statement said the strikes are ongoing and involve a combination of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles. No further details were given.

A US official said that Arab countries are involved in the strikes – namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain.

The US has already undertaken 174 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq since mid-August.

Recently the House of Representatives approved a request by President Obaman to help arm and train moderate rebels in Syria.

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