US Navy jets in Mediterranean launch 2nd day of raids on Islamic State targets

By REUTERS
June 5, 2016 03:04

Us fighter jets on Saturday launched a second day of air strikes against Islamic State targets from the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, according to a US Navy official.

No details were immediately available about the targets of the latest combat missions.

Four strikes executed by the jets on Friday targeted a building in Syria and a cave that was hit three times, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly. No strikes were directed against targets in Iraq, the official said.

The raids were the first launched from a US aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea since the start of the two-year campaign against the militant group. They were also the first air strikes conducted by a carrier group in that region since the Iraq war began in 2003, Navy officials said.

Previous bombing raids were launched solely by US and allied pilots from carriers in the Gulf or from land bases in Bahrain, Turkey and other countries.


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