28 Sep '14, 4am

Airstrikes in Syria continue to focus on Islamic State, not al Qaeda

As the press has been abuzz about the so-called Khorasan group in Syria, which Thomas Joscelyn adeptly explains is merely al Qaeda , the US has so far focused little attention on the group since launching eight airstrikes against it on Sept. 22. Of the 48 strikes that have taken place in Syria since the US and allied countries began launching airstrikes, only 8 have targeted al Qaeda's network in Syria (which includes the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria). All eight strikes took place on the opening day of coalition airstrikes in Syria. Over the past two days, the US conducted 10 airstrikes in Syria; three near the city of Deir al Zour "that destroyed four ISIL [Islamic State] tanks and damaged another," and seven more near Hasakah, Manbij, Kobani, and Raqqah that damaged or destroyed an Islamic State command and control center, garrison, training camp,...

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