23 September 2014 - Air strikes against Islamic State
U.S., Arab allies begin airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria
Staff (The Chicago Tribune)
The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants.
"I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against (Islamic State) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles," Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement.
"Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time."
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain were all involved, although their exact roles in the military action were unclear. Qatar played a supporting role in the air strikes, the official said.
Patrick McDonnel (The Independent)
The number of Syrians fleeing from Islamist militants and entering into Turkey in recent days has exceeded 130,000, making the flight one of the largest refugee flows to date during the Syrian conflict, the United Nations said Monday.
“In Turkey we have never witnessed such big numbers in a few days' time,” Selin Unal, spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency, said in a telephone interview from Ankara.
Most of the refugees are Syrian Kurds fleeing an offensive by the Islamic State, the Al Qaeda breakaway group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The flight of refugees was continuing on Monday, the U.N. said, but the numbers appeared to be less than during the weekend.
Helen Davidson (The Guardian)
A video address by the spokesman for the Islamic State (Isis) calling for members to kill civilians and soldiers in countries including Australia has divided opinion among terrorism experts.
The video address and a written English translation attributed to Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was released on Monday, called for members to take retribution against the coalition of countries heading to northern Iraq and Syria to fight them, specifically instructing members to kill – without question and by any means necessary – civilians and soldiers in countries including Australia, France, Canada and the US.
It is the first release from al-Adnani since his June declaration of the establishment of a caliphate and that Isis would be known as Islamic State.
Sam Webb (The Daily Mail)
An Algerian group linked to Islamic State jihadists threatened to kill a French hostage within 24 hours unless Paris halts air strikes on the IS in Iraq, in a video posted Monday.
Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate), which has pledged allegiance to IS, said in the video that it carried out Sunday's kidnapping of the Frenchman in a mountainous region of eastern Algeria where Al-Qaeda is active.
The hostage, Herve Pierre Gourdel, 55, white-haired and bespectacled, is shown squatting on the ground flanked by two hooded men clutching Kalashnikov assault rifles, as he asks for French President Francois Hollande to intervene.
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