THE ARABIAN GULF – US missiles, launched from warships and jets, hit targets of the Islamic State, or ISIS, in Syria overnight, with the help of at least five Arab allies.
The strikes were to degrade ISIS command-and-control, resupply, and training.
“Last night, we also took strikes to disrupt plotting against the United States and our allies by seasoned Al Qaida operatives in Syria who are known as the Khorasan group,” President Obama said on the White House lawn before leaving for New York where he’ll take the US case against ISIS to the United Nations.
The US Central Command says it conducted eight strikes in Syria against Khorasan training camps, a bomb factory, and other facilities. That’s in addition to 14 strikes against ISIS training camps, finance centers, and command-and-control facilities, also in Syria.
“While the United States did inform Syrian regime through our ambassador of our intent to take action, there was no coordination and no military to military communication,” said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby.
The US is, also, hitting the city of Raqqa, the declared capital of the Islamic state.
The strikes against ISIS comes as we begin to hear the all-too-familiar stories that come with every war: kidnapping, imprisonment, and rape.
One 15-year-old Yazidi girl tells how ISIS fighters in Sinjar kidnapped her and dozens of girls and drove them to their stronghold in Mosul where many were raped and all were forced to convert or die.
War is always hell, and more so, it seems, when the casualties are children.