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US Marine Air Group Joins Fight Against ISIL With Harrier Jump-Jets

© Flickr / U.S. Pacific CommandAn AV-8B Harrier, assigned to the Marine Attack Squadron 231(VMA), takes off from the flight deck of forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard.
An AV-8B Harrier, assigned to the Marine Attack Squadron 231(VMA), takes off from the flight deck of forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard. - Sputnik International
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Harrier jump-jets from a Marine assault ship have joined coordinated air strikes against ISIL.

Smoke rises after an airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Kirkuk September 30, 2015 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Vertical take-off and landing Harrier jump-jets from a Marine assault ship have joined coordinated air strikes against ISIL, the US Navy announced in a published report.

"Naval Aviation rejoined the fight against ISIL [Islamic State] November19 when AV-8B Harriers from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron… launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge to conduct their first missions over Iraq," the US Navy stated on its official website on Thursday.

The airstrikes were the first US Navy-launched air attacks against ISIL forces in Iraq since a strike on October 17 from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, according to the statement.

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group is operating as part of the US 5th Fleet whose area of operations includes the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

The US armed forces have stepped up the tempo of their airstrikes against ISIL targets following the success of Russian air campaign in cooperation with the Syrian army in driving back ISIL forces.

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