9/23/2014

REPORT: SAUDI, UAE, JORDAN AND BAHRAIN JOINS US IN STRIKES IN SIRYA

http://world.einnews.com/article/225281523/AsGWYtuXphdz0Nds


WASHINGTON, Sept 23 — The Pentagon announced that the United States and five Arab partner nations launched a series of airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria for the first time early today.
The Arab nations that participated to the strikes are: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, CNN reported.
According to NBC News, manned and unmanned air assets were deployed to carry out the strikes, including F-22s, F-16s, F-15s, and F/A-18s, B-1 bombers.
Ships in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea were also employed. The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is currently in the Persian Gulf while the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke is in the Red Sea.
The bombing began at approximately 3.30am today Syrian time. According to ABC, up to 20 locations were targeted in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa.
Among the targets were fuel and weapons depots, training sites, troop encampments, as well as the Islamic State headquarters, NBC News reported.
The strikes are part of a military campaign authorised by the Obama administration nearly two weeks ago to neutralize the Islamic State, after the Sunni extremist group killed thousands of people in Syria and Iraq and carried out the savage beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. — Reuters