The nations that are helping carryout strikes are Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. However, it is unclear what exactly Qatar has contributed so far.
The concentration of Tomahawk missiles from the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush in the Philippine sea, followed by fighter jets and bombers, struck the city and province of Raqqa. The city of Raqqa is the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital.
Because the mission is ongoing the Pentagon could not specify on what nor how many targets have been struck, however, an official said that the primary targets were “hard targets.” Syrian opposition activists said that a post office, recruitment center, and a building in the governor’s compound have been hit by airstrikes.
In Iraq, so far there have been 190 known airstrikes on ISIL targets.
This is the beginning of such strikes inside Syria since President Obama’s speech on Sept. 10. In the address to the nation, Obama said:
“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”
ISIL has vowed retribution and warned the U.S. that it is ready for war.
The objective of the targeted airstrikes in Syria is to destroy as many ISIL structures and safe havens as possible in one strong, broad coalition to cut-off communications; weakening the terror group’s resources and reducing intelligence and advancement.
Obama delivers a statement regarding airstrikes that were made the night prior inside of Syria. Find out how long will airstrikes last!