Australian Jets Complete First Attack Against Islamic State in Syria

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet over Iraq to bomb Islamic State terrorists.
Australian Defence Force

(Reuters) Australian fighter jets have destroyed an armoured personnel carrier belonging to Islamic State (IS), the first operation by Australian forces in Syria, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said on Wednesday.

Last week, Australia agreed to expand into Syria the air strikes it has been undertaking in Iraq against IS, also known as Daesh, in response to a formal request from Washington.

“I can advise that two days ago the air task group completed its first strike against a Daesh target in Eastern Syria, destroying an armoured personnel carrier,” Andrews told reporters in Canberra.

Andrews said the expansion of operations into Syria was a logical extension of Australia’s commitment in the Middle East and was needed to protect the security of Iraq.

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