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U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on militants in Syria

Sep 24, 2014    

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) The United States and its Arab allies bombed militant groups in Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters, members of a separate al Qaedalinked group and opening a new front amid shifting Middle East alliances.The attacks encountered no objection, and even signs of tacit approval, from President Bashar alAssad's Syrian government, which said Washington had warned Damascus in advance.Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates participated in or supported the strikes against Islamic State targets, U.S. Centra...

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