June 20, 2018

Australia launches first airstrikes against ISIS

Australia launches first airstrikes against ISIS

Australian warplanes have carried out their first air strike against Islamic State group in Syria, destroying an armoured personnel carrier, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said Wednesday.

“This is part of our logical extension in the fight against Daesh to operate not just over northern Iraq but also to operate over eastern Syria in order to degrade and destroy Daesh Forces,” the minister told reporters using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet fighter destroyed an ISIS armoured personnel carrier with a guided missile two days ago, Andrews said.

“Two of our Hornets identified the personnel carrier, which was hidden in a Daesh compound.

“That information was reported back to the combined operations centre by our Wedgetail command and control aircraft, and upon receiving authorisation to proceed, one of the Hornets employed a precision guided weapon to destroy the target,” he said. Read more


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