US begins airstrikes over Syria


WASHINGTON: The U.S., along with partner nations, began airstrikes over Syria using a mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles, Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, announced late Monday.

Kirby said the decision to conduct the strikes was made Monday by the commander of U.S. Central Command under authorization from President Barack Obama.

“I can confirm that 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,” said Kirby, using a common acronym for Islamic State. “Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time.”



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