A man walks at a makeshift oil refinery site in al-Mansoura village in Raqqa's countryside, in this file picture taken May 5, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib/Files
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The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on ISIS strongholds in Syria Tuesday, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants.Armed U.S. drones were also used in the attacks.Syrian state television said the United States informed Syria's U.N. representative on Monday that ISIS targets would be hit in Raqqa, which is 400 km (250 miles) northeast of Damascus.Saudi Arabia has also already agreed to host U.S. training of Syrian opposition fighters.But many Gulf Arab states have been reluctant to be seen aggressively joining the U.S. campaign, fearing in some cases reprisals by extremists or forces loyal to the Syrian government.
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