صور الغارات الامركية وواشنطن وحلفاؤها في خندق واحد مع الجيش السوري .S. strikes to avert another 9/11

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2019.06.17 23:57

 

دمشق تكشف عن «تنسيق» مسبق وترحب بكل تعاون للقضاء على داعش والنصرة والتنظيمات الإرهابية...واشنطن وحلفاؤها في خندق واحد مع الجيش السوري لمكافحة الإرهاب

«رحبت» سورية بشكل مبطن بالضربات الأميركية على تنظيمي الدولة الإسلامية المعروف بداعش وجبهة النصرة الإرهابيين، وأعلنت للمرة الأولى عن وجود «تنسيق» مسبق تجاه هذه الضربات و«إخطار» مزدوج من خلال الأمم المتحدة أولاً ومن خلال وزير الخارجية العراقي إبراهيم الجعفري الذي نقل رسالة من وزير خارجية الولايات المتحدة جون كيري إلى نظيره السوري وليد المعلم قبل ساعات من بدء الضربات الجوية والصاروخية فوق الأراضي السورية.

 
وفي بيان صدر عن وزارة الخارجية والمغتربين أمس بعد أن شنّت واشنطن وبعض حلفائها ضربات جوية على عدد من مقار داعش وجبهة النصرة في الرقة ودير الزور وغرب حلب وإدلب والبوكمال، أكدت الخارجية أن «الحرب على الإرهاب يجب أن تتم مع الحفاظ على حياة المدنيين وتحت السيادة الوطنية ووفقاً للمواثيق الدولية»، مكررة بذلك موقفها السابق بالاستعداد للتعاون مع أي دولة هدفها يتلاقى مع هدف دمشق في القضاء على التنظيمات الإرهابية.
وجددت دمشق أنها «لم ولن تتوقف عن محاربة داعش بالتعاون مع الدولة المتضررة منه وعلى رأسها العراق الشقيق».
ومع بدء ضربات قوات «التحالف» داخل الأراضي السورية وبيان الخارجية بات من الواضح أن «الطرف الثالث» الذي سبق أن كشفت عنه مصادر دبلوماسية غربية لـ«الوطن» وينسق التعاون الاستخباراتي الأميركي السوري وتحديد بنك الأهداف هو العراق الذي ينقل رسائل من واشنطن إلى دمشق وبالعكس، ولعل ما تم قصفه في الأمس من أهداف تم تحديدها من قبل الاستخبارات السورية التي زودت واستلمت عدة أهداف يتم استهدافها تباعاً لتوجيه ضربات مؤلمة للإرهابيين أينما وجدوا.
واللافت في ضربات أمس أنه في ذات الوقت الذي كانت فيه الضربات الأميركية تستهدف مواقع لداعش والنصرة من خلال صواريخ وغارات جوية، كان نسور الجيش السوري يستهدفون بدورهم مواقع أخرى للتنظيمين في الحسكة وشمال حلب.
وكان من اللافت أيضاً أن تعلن واشنطن أن كلاً من السعودية وقطر والبحرين والأردن والإمارات، والتي دعمت سابقاً التنظيمات الإرهابية في سورية، قد شاركت في الغارات على مواقع داعش والنصرة.
وفي اتصال هاتفي أجرته «الوطن» مع عدد من مصادرها الدبلوماسية مساء أمس في باريس وسبق أن كشفت عن تعاون سوري أميركي من خلال طرف ثالث، أكدت جميعها أن ما تم في الأمس من استهداف لداعش والنصرة كان منسقاً في الأهداف وأن البنتاغون التزم بقصف المواقع التي حددت سابقاً ويبلغ عددها بضع مئات وتتبدل بشكل شبه يومي وفقاً للتحديث الذي تقوم فيه الاستخبارات السورية.
وأضافت المصادر: إن «القيادة العسكرية الأميركية باتت في خندق واحد مع قيادة الجيش السوري في الحرب على الإرهاب داخل سورية وعلى حدودها الشرقية والجنوبية الشرقية، حتى لو رفضت واشنطن ودمشق مثل هذا التشبيه لأنه يتعارض مع توجهات رأيها العام، إلا أنه واقعي وحقيقي».
وختمت المصادر حديثها بأن «الجيش السوري سيستفيد حتماً من الضربات الجوية الأميركية وخاصة أنه الأقوى على الأرض ولديه قدرة ومرونة في التحرك الميداني وهو الذي سيقيم نتائج الضربات الجوية الأميركية وإن كانت حققت هدفها أم لا».
U.S. strikes to avert another 9/11: America deploys its awesome arsenal - including its new F-22 Raptor stealth fighter over fears Jihadis were about to launch attacks on passenger planes Target of missile strikes was Al Qaeda-linked group apparently nearing execution phase of plot against the West
Khorasan group has specialised in making sophisticated bombs for attacks against airports and passenger planes Terrorist group planned to attack using bombs without metal parts, toothpaste tubes and clothes dipped in explosives
Up to 120 IS fighters said to have been killed after cruise missiles were launched against hideouts and training camps The attack on group was separate from airstrikes on 14 Islamic State targets carried out by US and five Arab nations Air campaign involved fighter jets from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Jordan - Qatar also named as one of the allies Fighter jets included Americas £87m F-22 stealth Raptor - it is the first time the US has used the F-22 in combat
Jets hit targets in and around IS stronghold of Raqqa, where the Western hostages were thought to have been held

 

Fears of an imminent terror atrocity to rival 9/11 prompted a wave of missile strikes in Syria yesterday.

The target was an Al Qaeda-linked group apparently nearing ‘the execution phase’ of a plot against airports and passenger planes in the West.

The American attack on the little-known Khorasan group was separate from airstrikes on 14 Islamic State targets in Syria carried out by the US and five Arab nations.

In the early hours of yesterday Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched against hideouts, training camps and a bomb-making factory used by Khorasan and Islamic State.

 

 

 

 

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Pinpoint: An ISIS vehicle storage area near Abu Kamel in Syria is destroyed by satellite guided munitions in the this video released by the Pentagon

Reduced to rubble: The remains of the vehicle storage area are scene in this image after the smoke has cleared 

Levelled: A storage facility near Abu Kamel in Syria was also destroyed in the first round of U.S. strikes

 

Cluster bombs: An in-flight camera shows satellite guided cluster bombs destroying an ISIS vehicle staging post near Abu Kamel
 

 

Joint strikes: Aircraft from the Saudi Arabian air force were among those in the coalition supporting the airstrikes. A burning ISIS storage facility is seen near the town of Abu Kamel 

 

Damaged: This Pentagon image (before air strike left, and after on the right) shows the damage inflicted on a ISIS Finance center in Raqqa, Syria after it was hit by a tomahawk missile 

 

Destroyed: This Pentagon image shows an ISIS barracks near the city of Raqqa in Syria. The image on the right shows it after it was hit by F22 Raptors in the first combat role for the aircraft

Rubble: Syrians check a damaged house, reportedly hit by US-led coalition air strikes, in the village of Kfar Derian in the western Aleppo province 

Residents inspect damaged buildings in what activists say was a U.S. strike, in Kfredrian, Idlib province 

Coalition: President Obama today met officials from the Arab countries that joined the coalition for the strikes. Included in the meeting are representatives from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Iraq

Speech: At a press conference this afternoon, Lieutenant General William Mayville Jr. said that Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, took part in the second and third waves of attacks in Islamic State targets

Attack: The  U.S. has released footage of Tomahawk missiles being fired from the USS Arleigh Burke - a guided missile destroyer stationed in the Red Sea

Blast: Video emerged early this morning on Syrian Facebook pages showing the US-led airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State targets in and around the city of Raqqa

Fire: The attacks - described as shock without awe - began in the early hours of this morning local time

 

Flash: A Tomahawk missile is fired from the USS Arleigh Burke warship towards ISIS targets in Syria

 

Pride: In a press conference this afternoon, U.S. President Barack Obama said the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against ISIS and Al Qaeda militants in Syria made it clear to the world this is not Americas fight alone. He added that the U.S. is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Arab nations

 

 

Up to 120 IS fighters were said to have been killed in the attacks, which prompted fears for the safety of Western hostages taken by the Islamist extremists, including British taxi driver Alan Henning and photographer John Cantlie.

The Pentagon said the Khorasan cell of Al Qaeda veterans were nearing ‘the execution phase’ of an attack in Europe or the US.

The group of seasoned terrorists planned to imminently  attack a US airliner or other target using a bomb without any metal parts, toothpaste tubes and clothes dipped in explosives, an unnamed US official told CNN.

President Barack Obama ordered the strikes after intelligence reports discovered the plot this week, officials claimed.

While IS has focused on seizing territory in Iraq and Syria for an Islamic ‘caliphate’, the little-known Khorasan cell has specialised in making sophisticated bombs for attacks on the West.

Its latest plot focused on international airports and passenger planes. Intelligence suggested extremists were already in place in Europe and America, heightening fears they were ready to strike.

The US launched eight attacks against Khorasan targets west of Aleppo, along with the 14 strikes on IS helped by its five Arab allies.

The air campaign – described as ‘shock without the awe’ by one US official – involved fighter jets from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Jordan. Qatar was also named among the allies as it hosts a US Central Command forward base.

 

  

Awaiting orders: An F/A-18E Super Hornet and an F/A-18F Super Hornet prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush

Ready: An F/A-18C Hornet  prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush

Littered: A man inspects the remains of what Islamist State militants say was a U.S. drone which crashed into a communication tower in Raqqa overnight

Syrian President Bashar Assad pictured meeting with Faleh al-Fayyad - the Iraqi National Security Advisor and envoy of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday

WHY THE NEWLY-DEPLOYED F-22 IS CONSIDERED KEY TO THE U.S. AIR FORCES TACTICAL POWER

The F-22 Raptor is the U.S. Air Forces newest fighter aircraft - and comes with the very latest equipment to render its agility, stealth and war fighting capabilities second to none.

The Advanced Tactical Fighter first entered the Demonstration and Validation phase in 1986, with prototypes completing test flights in 1990.

Over the next 15 years the aircraft was slowly developed, tested and improved, before finally being declared ready for combat in 2005.

The U.S. Air Force settled on a final procurement tally of 187 fighters in 2009 - the last of which was delivered in 2012.

Since then, due to the high costs involved, the main manufacturing contractors Lockhead Martin and Boeing have ceased production of the fighter.

The aircraft was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles.

Despite the protracted development as well as operational issues - including pilots losing consciousness at the controls - the U.S. Air Force considers the F-22 critical to its tactical air power. It has also described the F-22 as unmatched by any known or projected fighter.

The attacks began with the launching of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two US guided missile destroyers, USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea, operating from international waters in the Red Sea and the northern Gulf.

Fighter jets including America’s £87million F-22 stealth Raptor then continued the assault. It marked the first time the US has used the F-22 in combat.

The jets, backed by armed drones, hit targets in and around the IS stronghold of Raqqa - the de facto capital of the Islamic State - where the Western hostages were thought to have been held.

The first wave of strikes lasted for 90 minutes. Among the targets which reports from social media claimed had been hit were the house of the governor of Raqqa, the national hospital and the Equestrian Club.

Separate ISIS targets were hit in Deir al-Zor province in the north of Syria, where the terrorist group has also gained vast swaths of territory.

The air strikes were anticipated and residents said IS began evacuating its headquarters in the city three days ago.

Pentagon officials said it was too early to say how many fighters were killed or which IS facilities had been destroyed but described the strikes as ‘very successful’.

Satellite images showed heavily fortified buildings reduced to rubble by so-called ‘smart’ bombs and guided missiles.

Hospitals reported receiving the bodies of 48 IS fighters killed by air strikes near Abu Kamal, a town on the Syria-Iraq border.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists on the ground, said at least 70 militants were killed in northern and eastern Syria, with another 50 Al Qaeda-linked fighters killed near Aleppo.

Eight civilians, including three children, were reported to have died.

A British man who travelled to Syria to fight with rebels against the Assad regime was among those killed in the strikes, it was claimed.

Aid worker Tauqir Sharif, from Chingford, Essex, told Channel 4 News: ‘He was nothing to do with IS – he was defending the Syrian people, fighting against Assad.’

The US Defence Department said the strikes were the beginning of a ‘credible and sustainable, persistent’ campaign to defeat IS, and said more attacks were planned.

Targets included training compounds, command and control facilities, communication centres and munitions depots.

Syria’s envoy to the UN was informed ahead of the air campaign, but officials denied the strikes were coordinated with the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. A State Department spokesman said: ‘We warned Syria not to engage US aircraft. We did not request the regime’s permission.’

 

Destroyed: People inspect a shop damaged after a U.S. drone crashed into a communication station in Raqqa in the early hours of this morning, according to ISIS fighters

 

Analysis: ISIS fighters (left) load parts of the alleged U.S drone they say crashed in Raqqa last night into a van

Khorasan are a totally separate group to ISIS and, although little is known of their origins, they are understood to be made up of seasoned al Qaeda veterans.

The cell comprises around 50 veteran Al Qaeda fighters from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, led by one of Osama Bin Laden’s former lieutenants Muhsin Al Fadhli.

The group has developed next-generation undetectable bombs which can be hidden in clothing or electronic devices, or even implanted in the human body.

Airport security measures in the past year, including greater checks on phones, laptops and tablets, were introduced because of the threat of the new explosives.

Like IS, Khorasan appeared to have established a safe haven in Syria, where it tried to recruit Western IS fighters who would be able to travel and conduct operations in Europe and the US.

It is understood that the groups aim is not to fight against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, nor does it hope to acquire vast swaths of land like ISIS.

Instead Khorasan targets the thousands of young Western Muslims who have travelled to fight in Syria in recent months - many of whom have retained their passports and have made the journey without the knowledge of their home governments.

Khorasans plan is to recruit and train this fighters not to carry out attacks in the Middle East, but to return to their home countries and commit catastrophic acts of terror there. It is understood that once such attack was imminent which led to the U.S. targeting the group in air strikes overnight.

Crashed: An ISIS militant holds a piece of what the group claims is a US drone that fell to earth after colliding with a communications tower in Raqqa early this morning

ISIS fighters pray at the spot where the jihadist group said a US drone crashed into a communications tower

Propaganda: News of the airstrikes came as ISIS released a second video (pictured) featuring British hostage John Cantlie in which he criticises preparations for U.S-led attacks on them

James Clapper, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, said: In terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as the Islamic State.

I can tell you that last nights strikes were only the beginning, Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. He said the strikes had been very successful and would continue, without going into further detail on future operational plans.

Another military spokesman, Lieutenant General William Mayville Jr., said that Arab nations - including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates - took part in the second and third waves of attacks. He said the Arab countries actions ranged from combat air patrols to strikes on targets.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said the decision to launch the strikes was made on Monday, only hours before US Air Force and Navy pilots were given their missions and targets.

Kirby said the strikes were ordered by Army General Lloyd Austin, the commander of US forces in the Middle East and South Asia under authorisation granted to him by the commander in chief.

This morning British Prime Minister David Cameron released a statement saying he supported the strikes against ISIS by the U.S. and allies, and will now discuss what contribution the UK can make.

FIVE ARAB STATES JOIN IN AERIAL OFFENSIVE AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE FORCES IN SYRIA AND IRAQ
 

Five Arab countries played an active part in the air strikes against Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq.

Saudi Arabia sent British-made Tornados, fighter jets were supplied by Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and Qatar provided a forward airbase.

The participation of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar is especially significant in the attacks on fanatical Sunni militants because the four countries have majority Sunni populations.

The raids follow weeks of diplomacy by US secretary of state John Kerry in building an alliance to ‘destroy and degrade’ IS.

It is expected that Monday’s operations are only the start of a major air campaign.

All five Arab countries that took part in the air strikes are deeply hostile to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, but are now fearful of the fighters who have emerged out of the anti-Assad rebellion they backed. The government of Bahrain, which has a large navy, said in a statement that it and other Gulf nations had struck terrorist sites and positions. 

Vowing to stop ISIS: In a speech Sept. 10, Obama vowed to go after the Islamic State militants wherever they may be. And his military and defense leaders told Congress last week that airstrikes within Syria are meant to disrupt the groups momentum and provide time for the U.S. and allies to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels

A Jordanian government spokesman also confirmed his country’s air forces took part, accusing the Islamic State group of trying to infiltrate its borders.
‘We will not hesitate to take further actions to target and kill terrorists who are trying to attack our country,’ said Mohammad al-Momani.

It is extremely unusual for countries in the Gulf to take an active part in military operations and even more unusual for their warplanes to carry out strikes.

Qatar, which together with Saudi Arabia has been accused of providing support for IS, did not provide warplanes but is said to have taken ‘an active’ role in the operations.

The US has already launched 190 air strikes in Iraq since August. However, yesterday’s action expands the campaign against the militant group across the border into Syria.

The alliance opens the way for the US, Britain, France and Australia to use air bases inside allied Gulf states.
Several countries, including the UK, operate already from within UAE.

US officials hope that Turkey, with one of the world’s biggest armed forces, will now join operations, opening up another front against IS.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria, said at least 70 Islamic State fighters were killed in strikes that hit 50 targets in the town of Raqqa, and in Deir al-Zor and Hasakah provinces in eastern Syria.

In a sign of how Islamic State’s rise has blurred lines in Middle East conflicts, the Syrian government said Washington had informed it hours before the strikes in a letter from Mr Kerry sent through his Iraqi counterpart.

A Syrian foreign ministry statement refrained from criticising the US-led action. It said Damascus would continue to attack Islamic State and was ready to cooperate with any international effort to fight terrorism.

Only a year ago Washington was on the verge of bombing the Syrian government to punish it for using chemical weapons before cancelling the strikes at the last minute.

Tightly-controlled Syrian state TV interviewed an analyst who said the air strikes did not amount to an act of aggression because the government had been notified.

Plans: Sailors stand watch on the bridge of USS Philippine Sea while Tomahawk cruise missiles are launched from the guided-missile cruiser towards ISIS targets in northern Syria

‘This does not mean we are part of the joint operations room, and we are not part of the alliance. But there is a common enemy,’ said the analyst, Ali al-Ahmad.

U.S. President Barack Obama said the participation of the five Arab nations makes it clear to the world this is not Americas fight alone.

Speaking a press conference just hours after the overnight raids, Obama said the joint fight against ISIS will take time - but remains vital to the security of the United States, the Middle East and the rest of the world.

He said it was not possible to know how long U.S.-led operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq will last. In a letter to Congress following the air strikes, Obama said: It is not possible to know the duration of these deployments and operations.

I will continue to direct such additional measures as necessary to protect and secure U.S. citizens and our interests against the threat posed by ISIL, using another name for Islamic State.

He added that the U.S. is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Arab nations in conducting the strikes.

Obamas comments came after Americas top military officer Army General Martin Dempsey said the overnight airstrikes will have successfully shown the terror group that its attacks will not go unanswered, and that even strongholds such as the city of Raqqa do not represent a safe haven.

Air strikes were launched from land bases in the Middle East, while the F18s were launched from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, which is in the Persian Gulf.

We wanted to make sure that ISIL knew they have no safe haven, and we certainly achieved that, Army General. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with American reporters. ISIL is an alternate acronym for ISIS commonly used by U.S. officials.

Dempsey said the role of the five Arab nations in the airstrikes was indispensable to the U.S. goal of showing that the battle to degrade and defeat the Islamic State group is not just a U.S. fight.

I cant overstate the importance of the Arab role, he said, calling it an unprecedented coalition with Arab states and said the partnering has set the stage for a broader international campaign against the extremists.

Dempsey said the five Arab nations agreement to join in the airstrikes came together quickly; as recently as Sunday but did not specify exactly what role each nation played overnight.

He told reporters that more Arab participation was needed before President Barack Obama would sign off on the strategic air campaign. 

 

Rolling out the Raptor: According to reports, the $139million F-22 stealth fighter jet saw combat for the first time ever during the strikes over Raqqa. Two of the jets are pictured here, over Guam

The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush is pictured here. It is currently in the Persian Gulf and may have been a launching point for some of the aircraft that struck at Syria on Monday (FILE)

 

RUSSIA ATTACKS U.S. OVER ISIS AIRSTRIKES, SAYING SYRIAS BASHAR AL-ASSAD SHOULD HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN PLANS, NOT SIMPLY INFORMED

Russia has criticised the U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS targets, saying they should have been agreed in advance with Syria and would fuel tension in the region.

The United States, which has long called for the dismissal of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and several Gulf Arab allies carried out the first air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria.

Any such action can be carried out only in accordance with international law, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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 U.N. Security Council decision.

Washington, which has also carried out airstrikes in Iraq that were agreed with Baghdad, has said it will not coordinate its plans with Damascus, which it accuses of using chemical weapons against rebels fighting to oust Assad since early 2011.

Attempts to achieve ones own geopolitical goals in violation of the sovereignty of countries in the region only exacerbate tensions and further destabilise the situation, the ministry said.

The Western-backed Syrian opposition, which is fighting both Assad and Islamic State, welcomed the airstrikes, which it said would help defeat Assad.

 

Strong presence: Military leaders have said about two-thirds of the estimated 31,000 Islamic State militants were in Syria. The U.S. has also been increasing its surveillance flights over Syria, getting better intelligent on potential targets and militant movements

Retribution: ISIS (troops pictured here in Raqqa), meanwhile, has threatened retribution. Its spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, said in a 42-minute audio statement released Sunday that the fighters were ready to battle the U.S.-led military coalition and called for attacks at home and abroad

 

LIVE TWEETING SYRIA AIRSTRIKE? RAQQA RESIDENT DESCRIBES SKY FULL OF DRONES AS SYRIANS POST EVIDENCE THE ASSAULT HAS BEGUN

A Syrian man may have been first to break the news of America and its partners air assault on the ISIS-controlled hubs on the Middle Eastern nation.

According to Vox, Twitter user and resident of Raqqa--where the military says its started the air assault on Syria--Abdulkader Hariri (@3bdUlkaed6r) first started tweeting what he saw some 30 minutes before American news reported the strikes. 

 

Hariri describes not only manned aircraft, but also drones in his posts. The U.S. did not mention the use of these unmanned aircraft in its official announcement of the airstrikes.

Just after the strikes were to have begun, Syrian activist news agency Step posted a brief but startling video that purports to show the bombing of Raqqa.

 

 

 

 

Fleeing: Syrians carry their belongings near the Syrian border Sunday near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Turkey as the Turkish deputy Prime Minister said some 60,000 Syrian had fled across the border as Islamic State (IS) militants shelled villages close to the border

Getting desperate: Thousands of Kurdish men, women and children are pictured carrying their belongings as they poured into Sanliurfa, on Saturday. ISIS has seized control of Kurdish regions in the north of the country and intensified their assault on Kobani, a town in a strategic position along the northern border

 

Catalyzing: The beheading American journalist James Foley and two other Westerners helped catalyze public fury over the increasing power of ISIS in Syria and elsewhere

 

Demanding a fight: The beheadings of American Steven Sotloff (left) and David Haines (right) have further enraged Westerners

WILL MIDDLE EASTERN NATIONS MAKE OR BREAK THE BATTLE AGAINST ISIS? U.S. OFFICIALS SAY ARAB NATION PARTNERS WILL BE CRITICAL ALLIES

 Two U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Arab participation was essential for Obama as he looked to expand the American campaign of air strikes to Syria from Iraq, where the U.S. military has already carried out 190 strikes as of Monday.

Several Arab countries have offered to join the United States in air strikes against Islamic State targets, a senior U.S. official told reporters on Sept. 14.

But the United States has so far refused to detail which nations have given private assurances to Washington that they would join in air strikes in Syria, part of a broader strategy against the Islamic State that includes training and arming moderate Syrian opposition fighters.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said in television interviews over the weekend that other nations were willing to join air strikes in Syria. 

Vital allies: All the U.S. partners in the airstrikes against Syria are Middle Eastern nations. They are Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan and Bahrain. Here, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, second from right, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and their representatives, pause for photos at the end of their meeting in New York on Monday

I will make you a prediction, Power said on ABC. We will not do the air strikes alone if the president decides to do the air strikes.

Several Arab states have powerful air forces, including Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia, for example, has also already agreed to host U.S. training of Syrian opposition fighters.

But many Gulf Arab states have been reluctant to be seen aggressively joining the U.S. campaign in Iraq and Syria, fearing in some cases reprisals by extremists or forces loyal to the Syrian government.

The White House last week declined to telegraph when strikes might occur or what preconditions stood in the way.

Obama will give a speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday to make the case again for world action against Islamic State.

Powerful air force: Seen here is a Royal Saudi Air Force Panavia Tornado IDS, part of the nations substantial air fleet

 


 

 

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