WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the U.S. and partner nations have
begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix
of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles fired from ships in the
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says that because the
military operation is ongoing, no details can be provided yet. He says
the decision to strike was made early Monday by the military.
The strikes are part of the expanded military campaign that President
Barack Obama's authorized nearly two weeks ago in order to disrupt and
destroy the Islamic State militants, who have slaughtered thousands of
people, beheaded Westerners, including two American journalists, and
captured a large swath of territory stretching from within Syria to land
across northern and Western Iraq.
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