This is it, we are going for a 3rd war in Irak. Jet fighter rides from France have been dispatched to the Gulf and have started to work on recognaissance to allow other allied countries to strike directly at the jihadists. The US and regional allies launched multiple strikes against Islamic militants in Syria for the first time on Monday night, in a substantial escalation of Washington’s military role in the Middle East long resisted by Barack Obama. The US Central Command said that the US and “partner nation forces”, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates used “a mix of fighter, bomber, remotely-piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles” to conduct 14 strikes against forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or Isis. The targets included buildings used as supply depots and logistics hubs near the Syria-Iraq border. But the U.S. also struck deeper into Syria, at Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State, according to U.S. officials. The expanded war against Islamic State forces propelled the U.S. military into an uncharted involvement in Syria, where it has little intelligence and virtually no ground support. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring organisation, said the US and its partners conducted at least 56 attacks in the provinces of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Hassaka and Aleppo. Activists say the coalition also hit the al-Qaeda-linked group Jabhat al – Nusra, which is not affiliated with Isis, suggesting a more expansive range of targets in Syria than previously announced. Some activists groups claimed the strikes on Nusra forces went as far as Idlib, a northwestern region far from Isis influence. This is just the beginning of the war, and no one knows how long it will take. It has taken considerable time to get rid of Saddam Hussein, and it is not clear in the minds of the allied forces how long they are to stay.

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