Australian warplanes make first air strike in Syria

This photo taken on September 11, 2015 and released by the Royal Australian Air Force shows F/A-18A Hornets from Australia's Air Task Group flying in formation after refueling during the first mission of Operation OKRA to be flown over SyriaAustralian fighter jets have carried out their first air strike against Islamic State group in Syria, destroying an armoured personnel carrier, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said Wednesday. “This is part of our logical extension in the fight against Daesh to operate not just over northern Iraq but also to operate over eastern Syria in order to degrade and destroy Daesh Forces,” the minister told reporters using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State. A Royal Australian Air Force Hornet fighter destroyed an IS armoured personnel carrier with a precision-guided missile two days ago, Andrews said.

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