SYDNEY - Australian fighter jets have destroyed an armored personnel carrier belonging to Islamic State (IS), the first operation by Australian forces in Syria, Defense Minister Kevin Andrews said on Wednesday.
Last week, Australia agreed to expand into Syria the air strikes it has been undertaking in Iraq against IS, also known as Daesh, in response to a formal request from Washington.
"I can advise that two days ago the air task group completed its first strike against a Daesh target in Eastern Syria, destroying an armored personnel carrier," Andrews told reporters in Canberra.
Andrews said the expansion of operations into Syria was a logical extension of Australia's commitment in the Middle East and was needed to protect the security of Iraq.
"(Daesh) controls a large amount of territory in eastern Syria that serves as a source of recruitment and oil revenues," Andrews said in a subsequent statement.