The U.S. continued airstrikes overnight after hitting Islamic State bases in Syria.
According to The Guardian, U.S.-led air strikes battered the northern and eastern parts of Syria, as collation raids targeted oil facilities controlled by the terrorist group. Arab allies have helped with the strikes against ISIS – which is also known as ISIL in the provinces of Aleppo, Raqqa, Hassake, and Deir el-Zour.
Overnight raids also focused on ISIS-controlled Manbij, causing many civilians to flee.
The US has been carrying out strikes in Iraq against the militant group since last month and in Syria since last week with the help of Arab allies. It aims to destroy the bases and forces of the al-Qaida offshoot that has captured large areas of both countries.
The overnight raids hit Isis in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which gathers information from sources in Syria. Forces loyal to Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, have been battling Islamist fighters around Aleppo, which is held by a number of groups in Syria’s civil war.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported air strikes hit a grain silo in Manbij, killing civilians and wounding militants. The offensive also hit the entrance to the Kuniko gas plant, which is Syria’s largest. It’s believed the aircrafts mistook the grains and grain storage areas for ISIS fighters.
ISIS is still advancing near cities close to the Turkish border. Five airstrikes were launched last week, targeting vehicles belonging to the Islamic militant group.
President Obama talked with 60 Minutes on Sunday, opening up about ISIS and claims the U.S. underestimated their abilities. He says that in doing so, the area became “ground zero for jihadists around the world.”
“Essentially what happened with ISIL was that you had al Qaeda in Iraq, which was a vicious group, but our Marines were able to quash with the help of Sunni tribes,” the President explained. “They went back underground, but over the past couple of years, during the chaos of the Syrian civil war, where essentially you had huge swaths of the country that are completely ungoverned, they were able to reconstitute themselves and take advantage of that chaos.”
He also added that solutions have to be made not just for ISIS, but for most of the conflicts in the Middle East.
“What we also have to do is we have to come up with political solutions in Iraq and Syria, in particular, but in the Middle East generally that arrive in the combination between Sunni and [Shiite] populations that right now are the biggest cause of conflict, not just in the Middle East, but in the world,” he said.
The Islamic State has claimed the lives of several journalists in recent weeks, with the beheading of James Foley in August, and Steven Sotloff and U.K. humanitarian aid worker David Cawthorne Haines earlier this month.
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