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*UPDATE* VIDEO: US Military Begins Strikes On ISIS Targets in Syria


Watch the F-22 make its combat debut:

The Pentagon’s most advanced fighter plane made its combat debut in the U.S.-led strikes on Syria overnight. The plane is one of the country’s most expensive—the F-22 program has cost $67 billion and only 188 planes have been built.


The bombing has focused on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, a city in northern Syria. ISIS has had control of Raqqa for more than a year, imposing its brutal interpretation of Islamic law on the city’s residents.

The extremists have made the city, which sits on the banks of the Euphrates River, the de facto capital of their self-declared “Islamic State” that stretches across large areas of Syria and Iraq.

ISIS targets around other Syrian cities — Deir Ezzor, Al Hasakah and Abu Kamal — were also hit in the strikes.

While the United States is still “assessing the effectiveness” of the bombing campaign against ISIS, which included up to 20 targets, the Pentagon believes “that we were successful in hitting what we were aiming at,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

Many of the targets were in and around Raqqa, Syria, believed to be an ISIS stronghold, a defense official said Monday. Several Arab nations took part in the U.S.-led operation: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. military’s Central Command said early today.

The U.S. military began striking Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Syria on Monday evening hitting targets in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa. The Syrian foreign ministry said on Tuesday that the United States informed Damascus’ envoy to the United Nations before launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.

The ministry issued a brief statement, carried by Syrian state media, saying that “the American side informed Syria’s permanent envoy to the U.N. that strikes will be launched against the Daesh terrorist organization in Raqqa.”

The statement used an Arabic name referring to the Islamic State group, which seized large chunks of Syrian and Iraqi territory in a blitz this summer.

Rear Admiral John Kirby took to Twitter to post the US military was “using a mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles.”

ABC News reported that: Several Arab nations are involved in the ongoing U.S.-led operation, a defense official said. A diplomatic source identified the nations as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Another U.S. official said the Arab nations will be dropping bombs, not just providing support. Up to 20 locations have been targeted in the operation, many of the sites in Raqqa, the official said.

Here is an amateur video shown on Fox News allegedly of the first airstrikes hitting Syria.

These strikes come after weeks of many of the military’s top leaders urging the President on what needed to be done. President Obama had previously stated in a prime time address that the United States’ objective is to “destroy” the Islamic State terror group, while simultaneously cautioning that American combat troops will not be deployed in the effort.

“[I] want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” the president said. “It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.”

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 compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles. The statement said that the operation involved 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles launched from the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea operating in the Red Sea and the North Arabian Gulf. Officials told Fox News that B-1 bombers, F-16 and F-18 fighters, and Predator drones were also used. The F-18s flew missions off the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf.

There will certainly be more to this developing story.

*This story has been updated.

Pentagon: US, Partners Begin Airstrikes In Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and partner nations began launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time Monday night, expanding a military campaign against the militants with a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region.

The strikes were 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.

Because the military operation was ongoing, no details could be provided yet, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary. He said the decision to strike was made earlier Monday by the military. He did not name the partner nations participating in the operation; however U.S. officials have said the U.S. would not launch this mission alone and some Arab nations had been expected to participate.

Some of the airstrikes of airstrikes were against Islamic State group targets in Raqqa. Military officials have said the U.S. would target militants’ command and control centers, re-supply facilities, training camps and other key logistical sites.

Read more from the Associated Press.