US begins air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

Key points

  • The US has begun air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State (IS) militant group in what is expected to be a lengthy campaign
  • IS training compounds, command and control facilities, vehicles and storage sites were reportedly destroyed or damaged
  • Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates "participated in or supported" the strikes, the Pentagon says
  • IS has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq and the US has already launched 190 air strikes in Iraq since August
  • Some 130,000 Syrian refugees have crossed into Turkey in recent days, fearing attacks from IS
  • All times BST (GMT+1).

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Reporting:

  • Alison Daye 
  • Tom Geoghegan 
  • Joanna Jolly 
  • Helier Cheung 
  • Kerry Alexandra 
  • Yaroslav Lukov 

Last updated 23 September 2014

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