Sep 17, 2015

Australia completes first air strike against Islamic State in Syria

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has successfully conducted its first air strike against an Islamic State target over eastern Syria, Australian minister for defence told reporters on 16 September.
"Two days ago an Australian Hornet fighter aircraft destroyed a Daesh (Islamic State) armoured personnel carrier with a precision-guided missile".
The confirmation comes in the wake of a statement issued by the United States Central Command on 15 September listing Australia as one of the coalition partners that have conducted air strikes in Syria.
The RAAF began operations in support of the US-led coalition over Iraq and Syria in September 2014, flying from Al Minhad airbase in the UAE. In October 2014, the service's F/A-18Fs conducted its first air strikes on an Islamic State target in Iraq.

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