Syria Strikes: U.S. Reports Significant Damage [VIDEO] Krauthammer: Air Strikes in Syria ‘Not Militarily Significant’Posted: September 23, 2014
U.S. officials didn’t provide estimates of casualties, though local residents said many were killed, including civilians.
WASHINGTON—WSJ reports: The first U.S.-led airstrikes on extremist groups in Syria hit militant leaders, training camps and control centers, U.S. officials said, promising this was only the start of a long campaign.
The attacks were conducted with the aid of Arab allies, but the U.S. carried out the bulk of the raids. After the first wave of strikes, the U.S. said it conducted follow-on attacks during the day Tuesday that hit two Islamic State armored vehicles in Syria.
The U.S. and its allies unleashed more than 160 missiles and bombs on targets inside Syria, disrupting infrastructure used by the extremist groups Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Khorasan, Pentagon officials said in the first assessments of the impact of the strikes…
“…militarily this is not significant. This is a diplomatic stroke of sorts. It’s still a very narrow coalition. The fact is that on the ground they don’t have a strategy for defeating ISIS.”
On Tuesday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer responded to news that both Syria and Iran knew in advance about the American air strikes in Syria. Informing Iran was a poor choice, Krauthammer said, but telling Syria made sense because the U.S. needed to know its planes would not be shot down during the bombing. He said the U.S. is unintentionally acting as Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air force, and are allowing Assad the capability to attack moderates in Syria with greater ease…(read more) NRO
…The U.S. and its allies unleashed more than 160 missiles and bombs on targets inside Syria, disrupting infrastructure used by the extremist groups Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Khorasan, Pentagon officials said in the first assessments of the impact of the strikes.
While it will be days before a definitive conclusion can be drawn, U.S. officials said they believe some leaders of both Islamic State and Khorasan were likely killed in the strikes on training camps and headquarters buildings.
The expansion of the military campaign against Islamic State from Iraq to Syria carries significant risks for President Barack Obama’s administration.
Mr. Obama has spent his presidency extricating the U.S. from two long and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now there is the prospect of getting mired again in a protracted Middle East war.
Western-backed rebels fear U.S.-led airstrikes on Islamic State and other extremist groups inside Syria will ultimately tip the balance in the multi-sided civil war in favor of the Syrian regime that Washington opposes.
Also, Islamic State made a new threat against a Western hostage. The family of British captive Alan Henning, an aid-convoy volunteer being held by the group, said on Tuesday that they had received an audio recording of the prisoner pleading for his life.
Islamic State has released videos showing the beheadings of three Western hostages—two of them Americans—since the U.S. began airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq in early August.
U.S. officials didn’t provide estimates of casualties, though local residents said many were killed, including civilians. American officials said there were no indications of civilian casualties and promised to review any such claims…(more)
- U.S.: Strikes on Islamic State, Khorasan in Syria first step of a years-long campaign (star-telegram.com)
- US hits terror targets in Syria (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- Glenn Beck on Why the Obama Admin. Is Leaving Out the ‘Al Qaeda’ in Extremist Group’s Name (theblaze.com)
- Details of the mission against militants in Syria (dailymail.co.uk)
- Pentagon: Majority of Tomahawk Missiles in Syria Airstrikes Aimed at Khorasan Group (breitbart.com)
- US hits Khorasan group in air strikes on Syria (hotair.com)
- Syria Government, Opposition Given Prior Notification of Attacks on Islamic State (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- Krauthammer: ‘Huge Loss’ That Turkey, U.K. Aren’t Participating in ISIS Strikes (nationalreview.com)
- Pentagon: ‘Years’ of war ahead in Syria and Iraq (hotair.com)