Major Strikes Hit Targets in Syria
In a series of strikes across Syria, the United States hit targets tied to the Islamic State and another, shadowy terrorist group. The strikes came hours after the Islamic State issued new threats.
U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets and EA-6B Prowler aircraft launch from the flight deck aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to carry out strikes against ISIL targets. U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. The USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
According to DOD releases and media reports, the strikes used manned aircraft and cruise missiles – and were carried out by the United States, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. The strikes were the first inside Syria – after over 190 combat missions had been flown against ISIS targets in Iraq.
In addition to targets connected with the Islamic State, the strikes also hit targets that were tied to the shadowy Khorasan Group. According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon. The Khorasan Group has ties to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and is lead by a long-time associate of Osama bin Laden, Muhsin al-Fadhli. The 33-year-old al-Fadhli reportedly lead al-Qaeda’s Iranian affiliate.
In the next video the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles (TLAM) against ISIL targets. Philippine Sea is deployed as part of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
According to a Central Command press release, all aircraft and assets that took part in the strikes made safe exits from the strike areas.