US and partners began air strikes in Syria

Sep 23, 2014 17:17 IST

The United States and its five Arab nation’s coalition on 22 September 2014 launched their first air strikes against militants of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria. The fighter and bomber jets and Tomahawk missiles were used in the attack.

These strikes were made after the US President Barack Obama authorised his pledge to degrade and destroy the ISIS, a jihadist group that has captured huge swathes of Syria and Iraq. Earlier, the US has undertaken 190 air strikes against ISIS in Iraq since it started an aerial campaign on 8 August 2014.


The American air power is being supported by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan and the UAE, who earlier agreed to form a coalition of nations to assist US with the destruction of ISIS.

On the other hand, Australia has also decided to join the airstrikes against the group. The Australian announcement was made by Australian Defence Minister David Johnston after his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad. At present Johnson is on the state visit of Iraq.

As per the announcement made by the Australian Defence Minister, around eight Super Hornet aircrafts will take part in the US led coalition in delivering airstrikes. The Australians will also deploy an E-7 Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft and an aerial re-fuelling tanker aircraft, as well as Special Forces who will act as military advisers. As per decided, the Australian airstrikes will target the northern Iraq.


Background of the Australian step

The Defence Minster’s announcement came after Australian police in third week of September 2014 foiled an alleged plot by Islamic state militants to conduct demonstration killings in the country, including randomly beheading members of the public.

Australia was one of the four countries - together with the United States, the Britain and Poland that invaded Iraq in 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein.

 

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