WASHINGTON (AFP) – Aircraft from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates joined US warplanes in a new wave of bombing raids Friday against Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria.
Coalition fighter jets and robotic drone planes conducted six strikes in Syria on Thursday and Friday, hitting militant tanks, oil refineries and a training camp, the US military said.
American aircraft also conducted three air raids in Iraq over the past 24 hours, including two northeast of Fallujah, Central Command said.
In addition to US Air Force warplanes and navy fighter jets flying off on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, “the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also participated in the Syria strikes”.
Centcom offered no further details on the precise role of the allied aircraft in the latest strikes, and officials in the five countries that have joined the Syria operation – Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar – have been reluctant to share details of their participation.