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Arab support in Syria airstrikes
2014.09.24 04:11:59

US President Obama spoke from the White House a few minutes ago saying Arab support in Syria airstrikes shows 'this is not America's fight alone"

Obama says the joint fight against the Islamic State will take time but is vital to the security of the United States, the Mideast and the world.

Obama say the U.S. is "proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder'' with Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates in conducting the strikes.



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Damascus backs any international effort against 'terrorism'
2014.09.24 04:10:45

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said Tuesday that Damascus backed any international effort against "terrorism," after a US-led coalition against ISIL launched airstrikes in the country, state media reported.

"Syria will continue to resolutely fight the war it has been prosecuting for years against... terrorism," state news agency SANA quoted him as saying.

"It supports any international effort to fight against terrorism," he added, as he met Iraq's national security adviser in Damascus.



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Bahrain confirmed bombing ISIL positions
2014.09.24 04:09:06

Bahrain confirmed Tuesday that its warplanes joined those of other Gulf monarchies in bombing ISIL positions as part of a US-led coalition against extremists in Syria and Iraq, an official said.

[AFP]



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Protection of Syrian civilians must be world’s priority
2014.09.24 04:07:04

A press release published Monday by a coalition of 40 leading international human rights and humanitarian organizations, including Amnesty International, the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and Islamic Relief, urging world leaders to prioritize the protection of Syrian civilians.

The coalition aims to highlight the importance of International Humanitarian Law, in which all parties to a conflict are obliged to distinguish between civilians and fighters. They must not target civilians and must refrain from launching indiscriminate attacks.

They have launched a petition demanding that leaders set out the further diplomatic steps they will take to bring an end to indiscriminate attacks, as promised in February, and reminding them that while there may be no end in sight to the conflict.



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US military said it had 'destroyed or damaged multiple Islamic State targets'
2014.09.24 04:05:57

The US military said in a statement it had "destroyed or damaged multiple Islamic State targets" around the cities of Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Hasakah and the border town of Albu Kamal."

The targets included "Islamic State fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles," it said.



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Six people have been killed in Sha'er area
2014.09.24 04:04:35

Six people have been killed in Sha'er area which is disputed between IS and Syrian government in Eastern Homs countryside due to air strikes targeted that area.



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Islamic State in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor
2014.09.24 04:03:45

Syria confirms that it has fought and continues to fight Islamic State in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor and other areas," a Syrian government statement said. "It has not and will not stop fighting the organization in cooperation with states directly harmed by it, most importantly with Iraq,"



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Kerry told Damascus hours before the air strikes
2014.09.24 04:02:36

Syria said on Tuesday that US Secretary of State John Kerry had told the Damascus government in a letter delivered by Iraq that the United States and its allies were going to attack Islamic State in Syria, hours before the air strikes took place.

A Syrian analyst interviewed on Syrian state TV said the air strikes did not amount to an act of aggression because the government had been notified in advance.

[Reuters]



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Syria State TV confirmed the downing of a fighter jet
2014.09.24 04:00:30

Syria State TV confirmed the downing of a Syrian fighter jet by the Israeli military on Tuesday after it reportedly infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights.

[AP]



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Eight civilians, among them three children, were killed in US strikes
2014.09.24 03:57:43

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says eight civilians, among them three children, were killed in US strikes in the west of northern Aleppo province.

The group said at least 300 people were injured in the strikes, about 100 of whom were in serious condition.



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US-led air strikes death toll
2014.09.24 03:56:29

US-led air strikes death toll has now reached at least 120 fighters in Syria on Tuesday, a monitoring group said.

The dead included more than 70 members of the Islamic State (IS) group in the north and east of Syria, as well as 50 Al-Qaeda militants, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.



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American warplanes also launched eight airstrikes
2014.09.24 03:55:26

US Central Command said American warplanes also launched eight airstrikes "to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests" by a network of "seasoned al-Qaida veterans"  sometimes known as the Khorasan Group , who have established a haven in Syria.

Central Command said that a separate bombing mission was undertaken solely by U.S. aircraft and took place west of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

[AP]



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Strategy to counter ISIL
2014.09.24 03:54:22

US President Barack Obama will make a statement at 10:20am EDT (14:20 GMT) to address the strategy to counter ISIL following airstrikes for the first time against the group in Syria, a White House officials said.

He will speak before departing the White House for New York City to attend the United Nations climate meeting, according to the official, who spoke on background ahead of the official announcement.

The U.S. Department of Defense's joint staff director of operations also will hold a press briefing on the operations in Syria at 11 a.m. EDT (15:00 GMT), the Pentagon said in a statement.



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Aftermath of U.S. airstrikes in Idlib, #Syria
2014.09.24 03:52:40

The video below purports to show the aftermath of US airstrikes in Syria's Idlib province.



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Syria's Western-backed opposition welcomes US-led air strikes
2014.09.24 03:51:02

Syria's Western-backed opposition welcomed US-led air strikes on ISIL strongholds in Syria, saying they would strengthen its struggle against President Bashar al-Assad.

The targets of the air and missile strikes included Raqqa city in northern Syria, the headquarters of ISIL, an Sunni Muslim force that has seized large expanses of territory in Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate erasing borders in the heart of the Middle East.

A significant part of US President Barack Obama's strategy against ISIL depends on bolstering Syria's moderate rebels to strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to the group.

"This will make us stronger in the fight against Assad... The campaign should continue until the Islamic State is completely eradicated from Syrian lands," Monzer Akbik, special envoy to the president of Syria's opposition National Coalition, told Reuters news agency.



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USS Arleigh Burke launches Tomahawk
2014.09.24 03:40:54

The US navy released the video below, reportedly showing guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea while it launches Tomahawk missiles against ISIL targets on Tuesday.



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US air strikes in Syria
2014.09.24 03:39:09

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned just ahead of Tuesday's US air strikes in Syria that the offensive should not be carried out without the Syrian government's permission, in a phone call with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"The Russian side stressed that directing air strikes against the bases of Islamic State terrorists in Syria should not be carried out without the agreement of the Syrian government," said a Kremlin statement issued shortly after midnight local time (20:00 GMT Monday). - AFP



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Cameron to hold talks with Iran's President
2014.09.24 03:37:27

British Prime Minister David Cameron is to hold talks with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani over unrest in Iraq and Syria, officials said on Tuesday, the first meeting between the country's leaders since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran had a role to play in tackling the group although Tehran has so far seemed reluctant to cooperate.



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#Russia criticized the US-led airstrikes
2014.09.24 03:34:34

Russia criticized the US-led airstrikes, saying they should have been agreed with its ally Damascus and would fuel tension in the region.

"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 UN Security Council decision."



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Jordanian warplanes had launched air raids
2014.09.24 03:33:21

Jordanian warplanes had launched air raids at positions held by ISIL in al-Raqqa district in Syria, a Jordanian government spokesman said, adding that the raids aimed at preventing the IS from reaching the Jordanian territories.

The official Jordanian spokesman Mohamed al-Mumeni has also reaffirmed that Jordan was part of the coalition against the IS, which he described as “terrorist.”

“ The military operation that began this Tuesday morning, had targeted positions held by the IS inside the Syrian territories. This operation will be continuous through the next period, with a defined and clear aim of eliminating the terrorist organization and other similar organizations.”, al-Mumeni said.

“ We will continue to do whatever it takes to destroy the positions and strongholds of the ISIL before they reach our territories,” al-Mumeni added.



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