US launches airstrikes against ISIS, along with Arab countries

The US along with other countries has taken military action against the Islamic State (ISIS), through launching air strikes against group target in Syria, according to the Syrian Foreign Ministry.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby had confirmed that fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles from ships were launched in the region during the strikes, most being reported to have hit the ISIS stronghold Raqqa.

The other countries that are thought to have been involved in the air strikes with the US are Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, however it is only Jordan that had confirmed being involved.

Syrian state television had reported on Tuesday that Washington had let Syria’s United Nations envoy know about their plan before the attacks had begun, however Syria had not given formal consent for it taking place in their territory. A statement from the Foreign Ministry said “the American side informed Syria’s permanent envoy to the UN that strikes will launched against the Deash(Arabic name for ISIS) organisation in Raqqa.”

US officials said publicly that the air strikes started at 1:30am in British time and lasted for 90 minutes. The operation is expected to continue for several more hours. Although Britain has not been involved in the strikes, the Ministry of Defence has said that they are in discussion on whather to do so, which are still “ongoing”.

ISIS has taken retaliatory action,by having militants linked to it kidnap a French tourist in Algeria, demanding an end to French air strikes in Iraq. Also, a spokesperson from the group has encouraged its followers around the world to attack citizens from Western states, especially from Australia, France and the United States.

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