Americans and Arab allies attacked ISIS in Syria with the military side of foreign policy implementation.
As anticipated by all parties concerned, the U.S. and Arab allies launched “an intense campaign” according to a Fox News report this morning that provided a detailed description. Notably, five Arab allies participated and the attack included cruise missiles, drones, B-1 bombers, F-16 and F-18 fighters. It is nice to see getting return on the B-1 bombers.
The attacks aimed at ISIS and al Qaeda command and control sites, training camps and headquarters where leaders operate. It sounds like the attack could have been a strategic success.
Also noted is that because the attacks left the Syrian government alone, America and allies are presently aligned with Assad at least theoretically.
This action by the Obama administration was kept under wraps. Given all of the public speaking about getting the Arabs on board over the past couple of weeks may have been straightforward information exposure or intentionally exposing the deliberate process that may have caused enemies to believe that they had more time. Who knows?
Fox News did a great job with this reporting by even identifying Khorasan Group, a lesser discussed al Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization that was actively planning to strike American targets.
Rest assured that the ISIS and Syrian terrorists are degraded today. It is estimated that ⅔ of the 30,000+ ISIS troops are in Syria. That is a large target that is dispersed in clusters throughout the region under their control.
NBC News polished the apple with this report.
“A network of “seasoned al Qaeda veterans” plotting to attack U.S. and Western interests was targeted by airstrikes overnight in Syria also aimed at ISIS, the Pentagon said early Tuesday. Fighter jets and bombers launched 14 strikes in a significant escalation in the fight against ISIS, which the U.S. has pledged to degrade and destroy in wake of the Sunni militants’ bloody rampage through Syria and Iraq.
In a statement early Tuesday, the U.S. military said that in addition to taking out ISIS targets it mounted eight separate strikes overnight “to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al Qaeda veterans,” also known as “the Khorasan group.” The strikes against Khorasan — which had established a haven in Syria to plot attacks, build roadside bombs and recruit Westerners to fight — targeted the group’s training camps, explosives production facility, communication building and command and control facilities, the Pentagon said.”
“US, Arab allies launch first wave of strikes in Syria
Published September 23, 2014
The United States, joined by five Arab allies, launched an intense campaign of airstrikes, bombings and cruise-missile attacks against the Islamic State and another militant group in Syria Monday night – marking the first U.S. military intervention in Syria since the start of that country’s civil war in 2011.
U.S. Central Command (Centcom) said in a statement released early Tuesday that 14 Islamic State targets were hit, including the group’s fighters, training camps, headquarters and command-and-control facilities, and armed vehicles. The operation involved a combination of fighter jets, bombers, Predator drones and Tomahawk missiles launched from the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.
The strikes “destroyed or damaged” multiple targets, according to the U.S. military, which reported “all aircraft safely exited the strike areas.”
The mission was not limited to hitting Islamic State positions. Centcom said that U.S. aircraft also struck eight targets associated with another terrorist group called the Khorasan Group, made of up Al Qaeda veterans. Those strikes, near the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo, targeted training camps, a munitions production facility, a communication building and command-and-control facilities.
Centcom said the Khorasan Group was involved in “imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests.”