With fighter jets, bombers and launching Tomahawk missiles attacked positions dominated by members of Islamic State
United States and several allies launched air and missile attacks against strongholds of the Islamic state in Syria.
"I can confirm that the armed forces of the United States and the forces of allied nations are undertaking military action against terrorists in Syria ISIS using a combination of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk," Rear Admiral John Kirby, secretary said in a statement Pentagon press.
"Since these operations are in progress, we are not in a position to provide details additions for now," he added.
An American official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan and Bahrain Arab Emirates were involved, although its exact role in the military action was not clear. Qatar has played a supportive role in air strikes, the official said.
Another official said that at least one American ship was launched Tomahawk cruise missiles. American pilotless were also used in the attacks.
The targets included the city of Raqqa, the headquarters of the Islamic state, a Sunni extremist group that has taken over large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.
Syrian state television said on Monday the United States representative at the United Nations Syria objectives of the Islamic State would be attacked in Raqqa, which is located 400 kilometers northeast of Damascus.
Americans and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group that tracks violence in Syria war Officials said buildings used by militants, their weapons supplies and checkpoints were targets of attacks in Raqqa. Areas along the border between Iraq and Syria were also attacked.
"There are dozens of dead and wounded," said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Observatory, which gathers information from a network of activists on the ground, told Reuters by telephone.
Adding Arab allies was seen as crucial for the credibility of the US-led campaign. The allies of the United States in the Middle East are skeptical of how far Washington will commit to a conflict in which almost all the countries of the area has something at stake.
As part of the efforts of the United States to establish the coalition, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to New York the weekend before the start of the meetings of the General Assembly of the UN, for talks with their counterparts in the Arab and European allies on how to defeat the Islamic State and to get their views on how they could participate.
Who are ISIS or ISIL: The group originated in 1999 as Jamaat al-Tawhid wal-Jihad. This nomenclature was simplified in 2004 when its founder, a Jordanian named Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, pledged under oath to al-Qaida, which was still led by Osama bin Laden from his hideout in Pakistan. Its Arabic name became Tanzim al-Jihad Qaidat fi Bilad al-Rafidayn. Best known in the non-Arab world as al-Qaida in Iraq. Later the name became complicated. In 2006, under a man who now calls himself Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, became the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI). In April 2013, after two years of the uprising against Bashar al-Assad, as ISI called itself the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (Al Dawla al-fil Islamyia Iraq Wa'al Sham) and declared a caliphate - a state of all Muslims. Al-Sham is the historical name in Arabic, Syria, Lebanon and, according to some authorities, Jordan and Palestine. This area is known in the Spanish-speaking and Saxon as 'Levante'. ISIS is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Opponents say the term Islamic state which is neither Islamic nor a state. Thus, the suggestion of a group of British imams Cameron to use the term "State not Islamic."
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