F-18 fighter jets refueled, U.S. launches air strikes in Syria
WASHINTON – U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct 11 airstrikes yesterday and today, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
The Pentagon on Thursday (September 25 2014) released video of a KC-135 Stratotanker aerial re-fueling aircraft as it refueled F-18 fighter jets prior to strike operations in Syria.
The video was shot on Tuesday (September 23).
The U.S. military says the aircraft were part of the second coalition strike package to hit Islamic militant targets in Syria. The U.S. military also released video which it said was of U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.
The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria on Wednesday (September 24 2014), targeting what they said was the Mayadin Modular Refinery in eastern Syria. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) released video on Thursday showing the air strike. Earlier this week, U.S. aircraft, accompanied by planes from Arab allies, began striking Islamic State targets in Syria, marking an expansion of the U.S. air campaign against the militant group that began last month in neighboring Iraq.
One airstrike west of Irbil struck ISIL fighters and damaged an ISIL armed vehicle. Five airstrikes south of Kirkuk struck ISIL fighters; destroyed an ISIL tank, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL Humvee; and damaged two ISIL armed vehicles. Five airstrikes west of Baghdad destroyed an ISIL Humvee, four checkpoints, a fighting position, two guard towers and a command post.
SOURCES include by Reuters