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U.S., backed by Arab allies, launches first strikes on Islamic State fighters in Syria

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:25

The U.S. and Arab allies bomb Syria for the first time, pursuing a campaign against Islamic State militants in the heart of the Middle East. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Two U.S. Navy ships launching missiles into Syria overnight. It's the first time the United States, backed by Arab allies, has bombed Syria, as it pursues a campaign against Islamic State militants in the heart of the Middle East. Dozens of air and missile strikes hit against IS targets in northern and eastern Syria, according to U.S. Central Command. The strikes had the participation or the support of Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The targets were training camps, command and control centers, storage facilities and weapon supplies. Dozens of IS fighters were reportedly killed. The strikes hit targets around the cities of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Hasakah and Albu Kamal. This video is said to show the U.S. air strikes underway, in the northern countryside around Idlib. With daylight…evidence of extensive damage. Amateur video purports to show the aftermath of the assault in the town of Kfar Daryan. The strikes come just hours before U.S. President Barack Obama goes before the U.N. General Assembly in New York. That's where he'll try to rally more nations behind his drive to destroy Islamic State.

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U.S., backed by Arab allies, launches first strikes on Islamic State fighters in Syria

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:25