The war on ISIS, and an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, began last night with over 20 targets hit in Syria overnight. Reports are that at least 70 ISIS members have been killed in the attacks, but were not the focus of the mission. These initial attacks are said to be aimed at degrading the ISIS command and control.
The attack started with 47 Tomahawk missiles launched from the sea, a senior U.S. military official told the media. This was the first U.S. military offensive in the war-torn country and a forceful message to the militant group that the U.S. would not stand by idly while it carried out its rampage of terror. The airstrikes focused on the city of Raqqa, the declared capital of ISIS’ self-proclaimed Islamic State, but other areas were hit as well. Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE are said to be involved.