In this Aug. 10, 2014 photo, an aircraft for missions targeting ISIS in Iraq lands at the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of ISIS fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war.Washington also said U.S. forces had acted alone to launch eight strikes in another area of Syria on the "Khorasan Group", an al Qaeda unit which U.S. officials have described in recent days as posing a threat similar to that from ISIS.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria, said at least 70 ISIS fighters were killed in strikes that hit at least 50 targets in the provinces of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor and Hasakah.It remains to be seen how effective air strikes can be against ISIS in Syria, where Washington lacks a strong ally to fight the group on the ground.U.S. forces have previously hit ISIS targets in Iraq, where Washington supports the government, but had held back from a military engagement in Syria where Obama still calls for the downfall of Assad. Washington has said it would not coordinate action against ISIS with Assad's government.The main Syrian Kurdish armed group said ISIS fighters were redeploying from areas hit by the U.S. strikes towards territory controlled by the Kurds.
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