PHOTOS, MAP: Pentagon Reveals Targets Destroyed in Syria Strikes
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The Pentagon briefed reporters on last night's "very successful" air and missile strikes on ISIS targets in Syria, which were backed by five Sunni Arab nations.
The U.S. military, without assistance from coalition partners, separately targeted an al Qaeda offshoot, the Khorasan Group, in northwest Syria.
The Pentagon said the latter strikes in and around Aleppo were intended to disrupt the plotting of an "imminent" attack on the U.S. homeland by Khorasan.
Earlier, the president stressed that support from Arab allies against ISIS, including from Saudi Arabia, "makes clear to the world that this is not America's fight alone."
Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Director of Operations, J-3 and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoked to reporters this afternoon.
In the first of three waves of attacks, Mayville said more than 40 Tomahawk missiles were launched against Khorasan compounds, manufacturing workshops and training camps.
The second wave was airstrikes, including the first combat missions for the F-22 Raptor, against targets in northern Syria, including ISIS headquarters, barracks, training camps and combat vehicles.
The final wave included F-18s and F-16s hitting ISIS training facilities and vehicles in eastern Syria. The "preponderance" of coalition support occurred during the third wave of strikes, Mayville said.
Below is a map showing where the strikes took place:
Below you can see photos, highlighted by Mayville, of the aftermath of the actions.
This photo shows before-and-after shots of an ISIS finance center in Raqqa, Syria. Mayville said the intended target was the communications equipment on the roof.
He said the Tomahawk missiles detonated as "air bursts" and heavily damaged the communications array, while leaving the structure intact.
In the following photo, Mayville highlighted an airstrike carried out by an F-22 Raptor, the first time that aircraft has ever been used in a combat role.
He explained that only the right side of this ISIS command and control center in Raqqa was supposed to be struck.
The final photo shows a residence in Syria near the Iraq border that was hit by GPS-guided munitions launched from the USS George HW Bush. The structures were being used for training and logistics by ISIS, said Mayville.
(Mayville played a video of the munitions hitting their targets. Watch that above at about the 5:30 mark in the video of the press conference.)