Syrian Observatory: First U.S.-led Strikes on IS in Homs Province

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The U.S.-led coalition hit Islamic State group targets in Syria's central province of Homs for the first time Saturday as it pressed what Washington says are "near continuous" strikes, a monitoring group said.

The coalition also targeted IS in the town of Minbej, east of second city Aleppo, for the first time, as well as multiple targets in the jihadist heartland province of Raqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said the targets hit in Homs province were far away from the front line with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, who control Homs city, Syria's third largest.

"The U.S.-Arab coalition has for the first time struck IS bases in the eastern desert of Homs province," Abdel Rahman said, adding that the positions were in the area of Al-Hammad, east of ancient city Palmyra.

Washington has been keen not to let Assad's forces exploit the air campaign against IS to take the upper hand in the more than three-year-old civil war.

In eastern Aleppo province -- the western limit of IS control -- the coalition hit several jihadist targets in Minbej, said the Observatory, which relies on a broad network of activists and doctors for its reports.

Further east, the coalition pounded the city of Raqa, which the jihadists have made their headquarters, the Britain-based group said.

"At least 31 explosions were heard in Raqa city and its surroundings."

The strikes also hit IS targets around the town of Tabqa, which houses an air base whose capture by the jihadists last month sealed their occupation of the whole of Raqa province, as well as two training camps, the Observatory added.

The United States and its Arab allies launched air strikes against IS and other jihadist positions in northern and eastern Syria on Tuesday.

A U.S. defense official told AFP on Friday that the mission is now similar to U.S.-led air raids against IS in Iraq, with "near continuous" combat flight operations over Syria.

Comments 7
Missing .karim-. 27 September 2014, 14:53

Good to see the jihadist terrorists being destroyed.

Thumb chrisrushlau 27 September 2014, 18:23

The Observatory dropped his keys in the loo. Send help.

Missing bigjohn 27 September 2014, 19:35

Where are those 15,000 FSA "moderate" forces who are suppose to "defeat" ISIS on the ground? I guess they are still in hotels in the KSA waiting to get paid more money to fight for Zionist controlled America and its Arab puppets.

It is funny, after the US occupied Iraq for years and were going to leave in 2010, Arab Gulf rulers told the US that "you gave Iraq to Iran". It is interesting how the Gulf tyrants take orders from America. Here they are helping the Syrian regime. I guess just as long as the military industrial complex is working in the US and the Israeli lobby is happy that America is keeping Arabs busy by killing them, that is all what matters. Again, this is how every Empire fell in history.

Missing helicopter 27 September 2014, 20:20

What happens next will unveil the real intention of the US.
If they come up with 150000 trained moderate opposition fighters (which should be easy to do as there are more than 30,000 army deserters and they can not be Islamists "right"), then the US is really intent on propping up the moderate opposition. If not, then there real intent would be to protect Assad and save his regime.

Missing bigjohn 27 September 2014, 19:44

Homs province is huge. It take more than 3 hours to drive from one end to another. It is NOT just the area around Homs.

Missing bigjohn 27 September 2014, 19:47

It is around 4 times the size of Lebanon.

Default-user-icon hamoud (Guest) 28 September 2014, 04:09

Bashar is the front line for the Arabs, Mideast and world, but Arabs don't perceive that yet. religious clerics are source of the problems in Mideast and elsewhere they causing strives, chaos and acts of murders in world. reality is no moderates in Syria stop fooling yourselves, all have sided to fundamentalism and their thru aim is religious sites in Saudi Arabia and governments of the Mideast and terrorism aboard.