MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti) - The United States has carried out airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria with the aid of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, Fox News reported Tuesday, citing an anonymous source.
According to Fox News, the airstrikes targeted about 20 IS facilities, including training sites and arms depots. The United States reportedly used B-1 bombers, F-16 and F-18 fighters, MQ-1 Predator drones and Tomahawk missiles fired from the USS Arleigh Burke destroyer, deployed in the Red Sea.
Earlier in the day, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed the US military and its allied forces were involved in a military operation against the IS with the permission of the commander-in-chief, and used aircraft and Tomahawk missiles.
Washington has been involved in fighting against the IS since August, when the insurgents' advance on northern Iraq triggered airstrikes on their positions. In September, US President Barack Obama unveiled a strategy of fighting the terrorist organization, which involves the establishment of a broad multinational coalition. He also underscored the possibility of airstrikes on Syrian territory. Earlier on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said anti-IS airstrikes in Syria should not be conducted without the consent of Syrian authorities.