The decision by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East.
US warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hi
New US-led air strikes against Islamic State fighters failed to stop them from pressing their assault on a strategic Syrian town near the Turkish border on Saturday, hitting it with shell fire for the first time.
The US Central Co
Air strikes hit Islamic State and other Islamist groups in eastern Syria early on Saturday, a monitoring group said, as a US-led coalition seeks to turn the tide against the militants who have captured swathes of Syria and northern Iraq.
Islamic State fighters tightened their siege of a town on Syria's border with Turkey on Friday despite US-led air strikes aimed at defeating the militants in both Syria and Iraq, in a coalition which has now drawn widespread European support
American-led and Arab-backed air strikes carrying the fight against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria have dragged Washington into a new Middle East war - exactly the kind of conflict Barack Obama spent his presidency trying to avoid.
French fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq yesterday (September 25), and the United States hit them in Syria, as a US-led coalition to fight the militants gained momentum with an announcement that Britain would join.
The US was joined by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in striking modular oil refineries in eastern Syria, in an effort to choke off Islamic State finances, officials said.
One US official told Reuters that such refineries could produce a
US and coalition planes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria again on Wednesday, but the strikes did not halt the fighters' advance in a Kurdish area where fleeing refugees told of villages burnt and captives beheaded.
Bahraini fighter jets have joined US-led air strikes in Syria to prevent extremist fighters from expanding throughout the region.
The US operation included the Royal Bahrain Air Force (RBAF) and military forces from Saudi Arabia,