Video above is the view from inside USS Philippine Sea during Tomahawk missile launch
ARABIAN GULF (CNN/U.S. NAVY) — The U.S., with the support of at least five Arab nations, launched strikes against ISIS targets in Syria overnight. The operation began with a series of Tomahawk missiles launched from the sea.
A senior U.S. military official says that was followed by attacks from bomber and fighter aircraft. U.S. Central Command said the 14 strikes damaged or destroyed ISIS targets. They included fighters, training compounds, command-and-control facilities, a finance center and supply trucks.
“Our initial indication is that these strikes were very successful,” said a pentagon official during a White House briefing Tuesday morning. “Last night’s strikes were only the beginning.”
“Last night on my orders America’s armed forces began strikes against ISIL targets in Syria,” remarked President Obama at the White House. “Today, the American people give thanks for the extraordinary service of our men and women in uniform including the pilots who flew these missions with the courage and professionalism that we’ve come to expect from the finest military that the world has ever known.”
“I’ve been very encouraged — as I think all of us engaged in this are — by everybody else’s cooperation, by the overwhelming unity and support for Iraq’s new government and the anti-ISIL effort at the UN Security Council Ministerial that I chaired last Friday,” said Secretary of State John Kerry. “No civilized country can shirk its responsibility to stop this cancer from spreading.”
U.S. cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches Tomahawk missiles
USS Arleigh Burke launches Tomahawk land attack missiles to combat ISIL
Jets take off from carrier USS George Bush
The airstrikes focused on the city of Raqqa, the declared capital of ISIS’ self-proclaimed Islamic state. But other areas were hit as well. Sources say Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar all helped with the operation.