THE LEVANT – The United States confirmed Monday that it, along with partner nation forces, have launched airstrikes inside Syria against terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said in a statement today.
The go-ahead to begin the airstrikes in Syria was made earlier Monday by Centcom Commander Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the Kirby said.
According to Kirby, the airstrikes are being undertaken through a mix of fighter and bomber aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack missiles.
“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time,” Kirby said.
Relatedly, Centcom also said Monday that U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct four airstrikes near the city of Kirkuk.
In total, the airstrikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tank, and damaged an ISIL Humvee, all west-southwest of Kirkuk. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
The strikes were conducted as part of the President’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.
U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 190 airstrikes across Iraq.