The U.S. military Tuesday released videos of the first airstrikes targeting militants in Syria. U.S. Central Command, which is in charge of operations in the Middle East and West Asia, uploaded videos to YouTube showing some of the strikes, which hit a storage facility, vehicle staging ground and an Islamic State group compound, among other targets.
The ISIS storage facility was struck by U.S. aircraft near Abu Kamal, Syria, according to Central Command. Watch the U.S. take out the target in the video below:
The U.S.-led airstrikes also targeted an ISIS vehicle staging area near Abu Kamal. Watch the strike below:
Raqqa, Islamic State group's base of operations in eastern Syria, was also hit hard in the operation. U.S. Central Command released the following video of an airstrike against an ISIS compound near Raqqa, which you can view below:
Five Middle East allies -- Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates -- partnered with the U.S. in the operation, according to the Department of Defense. The first operation in Syria involved 14 airstrikes against ISIS targets, the agency said.
“The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple [ISIS] targets in the vicinity of the towns of Raqqa in north central Syria, Dayr az Zawr and Abu Kamal in eastern Syria and Al Hasakah in northeastern Syria,” the department said. “The targets included [ISIS] fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles.”
The airstrikes in Syria marked an expansion of the U.S.-led coalition’s attack on Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL. The coalition previously hit ISIS targets in Iraq following the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley as the militant group seized a large swath of Syria and Iraq in recent months.