US and allies begin airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

US and allies begin airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

The Pentagon has confirmed US military and partner nations have commenced airstrikes in Syria, in an attack against Islamic State targets.

The decision to conduct the air strikes was undertaken earlier yesterday by the head of the US Central Command General Lloyd Austin, in a global response effort to defeat the IS militants.

The strikes are said to be ongoing, and involve a mix of fighter and bomber aircraft, as well as Tomahawk cruise missiles.

It’s been confirmed Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries involved in the airstrikes.

US media is reporting at least 20 targets have been hit so far, mostly in and around the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa and nearby Tabqa.

It comes asĀ  Turkey has revealed 130, 000 Syrian refugees have crossed the border in the past week, as they attempt to flee Islamic State militants.

IS extremists have seized dozens of villages close to the Turkish border, in the past week.

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