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.
Over 160 munitions, nearly all of them precision-guided, were fired during strikes in Syria by the US and Arab allies, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.
Washington had no indication so far that any civilians were killed in the operations, Kirby said, adding that assessments were under way.
Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari told Reuters on Tuesday that he was personally informed by US Ambassador Samantha Power of imminent US and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State targets on Syrian territory hours ahead of time.
Jaafari said Power told him on Monday morning that the military action would be carried out. He added that "we're in close coordination with Iraq." (Reuters)
Syria’s President Bashar Assad says he supports “any international effort” to fight terrorism, the country’s state TV reports.
An arms factory run by the Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate, has been destroyed by the US-led coalition's airstrikes, Lebanon's Al Mayadeen TV reported Tuesday. The target was located in the Idlib province in northern Syria.
According to Al Mayadeen, at the same time the Syrian Air Force launched airstrikes at Islamic State militants' positions in the Al-Hasakah Governorate in northeast Syria.
US Central Command has previously said the strikes have been conducted from warships in international waters in Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf, with the participation of Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Residents are escaping the Syrian city of Raqqa following US military planes’ strikes on IS positions, Reuters reported, citing eyewitnesses.
"There is an exodus out of Raqqa as we speak. It started in the early hours of the day after the strikes. People are fleeing toward the countryside," a city resident said.