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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:58 PM
The US-led coalition is conducting airstrike assault on positions of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) organization on the territory of Syria. The strikes reportedly involve a mix of fighter, bomber and tomahawk land-attack missiles.
Tuesday, September 23
09:21 GMT:Syria will not stop fighting against Islamic State militants, the country’s Foreign Ministry said, adding that cooperation between Syria and Iraq in combating terrorists remains “at the highest possible level.”
If not agreed with the Syrian government in Damascus, any airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the country will only fuel tensions in the region, the Foreign Ministry said in its statement.
"Any such action can be carried out only in accordance with international law. That implies not a formal, one-sided ‘notification’ of airstrikes but the presence of explicit consent from the government of Syria or the approval of a corresponding UN Security Council decision," the statement said, adding that attempts to violate the sovereignty of countries in the Middle East to achieve Washington’s own geopolitical goals “only exacerbates tensions and further destabilizes the situation."
The Syrian government has issued a statement, expressing its readiness to cooperate with any international effort fighting terrorism.
09:20 GMT:NATO is not involved in any airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, the alliance said from its headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. "There is no NATO involvement," an alliance official said in response to a question from
The organizers of the unilateral approaches that rely on force would bear international statutory responsibility for the consequences, commented Russia’s Foreign Ministry on the airstrikes launched by the US-led coalition against the militants of the Islamic State in Syria.
Michael Weiss retweeted
Obama says he isn’t coordinating with Assad on strikes in Syria. So who is his go-between? http://atfp.co/1ypVZZp
US air strikes against Isis and Khorasan in Syria – live updates http://gu.com/p/4xnn4/tw
#US airstrikes on #IS in #Syria violate Syria’s sovereignty, destabilize situation in region-Russian Foreign Ministry http://bit.ly/1mHBcvu
U.S. told Syrian diplomat about strikes, Assad's government says http://nbcnews.to/1v3zYe7
US military official: Khorasan group in Syria was hit because it was "nearing the execution phase" of a planned attack on US or Europe.
In addition to combat aircraft & drone strikes in #Syria, 2 US vessels in Red Sea & Gulf launched ~50 cruise missiles http://nyti.ms/1wIV69z
Decision to attack #Jabhatalnusra will have an adverse effect on rebel ranks, will exacerbate internal conflict, only winner?=Assad #Syria
BREAKING: #Syrian Observatory: U.S.-led air strikes kill 50 #Nusra Front militants in #Syria - http://ara.tv/82bar
Result #US airstrikes on #IslamicState in eastern #Syria: #Assad's airforce now focus its airstrikes on "moderate rebels" in rest of country
Syrian FM received letter via Iraq from Kerry ahead of strikes: state TV http://bit.ly/1skGzD8
Pentagon statement on strikes inside #Syria, targeting the Islamic State, Jabhat a-Nusra and Khorasan. pic.twitter.com/uwPvvIi1AM
Syria: 400,000 refugees expected to flee to Turkey http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-09-23/syria-400-000-refugees-expected-to-flee-to-turkey/ …
Attacks against #Jabhat open the possibility of a new alliance btwn this group & #ISIS,no Syrian group could oppose them militarily #Syria
IS anticipated the airstrikes,everybody knows much of static facilities were evacuated a while back.JaN clearly didn't anticipate it.
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US & Arab Partner Nations Begin Airstrikes In Syria - Live Feed
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/22/2014 21:46 -0400
As the broad coalition crumbled, it appears Washington decided there was no time to waste:
- *U.S., PARTNER NATIONS STRIKING ISIS IN SYRIA: PENTAGON
- *U.S. USING FIGHTERS, BOMBERS, TOMAHAWKS TO ATTACK ISIS
NBC News reports the attack includes drones and is expecting to hit up to 20 targets. FOX is reporting Qatar is among the arab nation coalition (along with UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain), according to Lt. Col. Oliver North, which is rather surprising given their rather well-known support for Al-Nusra.
The United States launched airstrikes in Syria against ISIS targets, sources tell NBC News.The U.S. military plans to strike up to 20 targets — logistics, fuel and weapons depots; training sites; troop encampments; command and control sites; and headquarters for the Sunni fighters.The U.S. military will deploy manned and unmanned air assets, including F-22s, B-1 bombers, F-16s, F-15s and F/A-18s.The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is at the ready in the Persian Gulf, and the USS Arleigh Burke, a guided missile destroyer that fires Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), is in the Red Sea.
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Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby
TAMPA, Fla. – The Department of Defense released the following statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby today:“I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.”“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time.The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief.We will provide more details later as operationally appropriate.”
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Sen. John McCain today called for the United States to begin air strikes against the government of Syria, but the Obama administration indicated it did not agree with his strategy.“Foreign capitals across the world are looking to the United States to lead, especially now that the situation in Syria has become an armed conflict,” the Republican from Arizona said on the Senate floor. “But what they see is an administration still hedging its bets — on the one hand, insisting that Assad’s fall is inevitable, but on the other, unwilling even to threaten more assertive actions that could make it so.”But a senior Obama administration official indicated to ABC News that the president and his advisers did not agree with the Republican senator.“We share his concern and outrage about what’s taking place,” the official said. “We’re also concerned that further military intervention will accelerate the conflict on the ground and worsen the humanitarian situation without stopping the violence the Syrian regime is committing against its own people.”The official said the U.S. “wants to keep putting pressure on the Assad regime.”The official noted that the Syrian situation is very different from Libya in many key technical ways, that make them question how effective airstrikes against the Syrian regime would be.
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