UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States told the United Nations on Tuesday it led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria because President Bashaw al-Ass ad’s government had failed to wipe out safe havens used by the group to launch attacks on Iraq.
In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kimono, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power wrote: “The Syrian regime has shown that it cannot and will not confront these safe havens effectively itself.”
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari told Reuters on Tuesday that he was personally informed by U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power of imminent U.S. and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State targets on Syrian territory hours ahead of time.
Ja’afari said Power told him on Monday morning that the military action would be carried out. He added that “we’re in close coordination with Iraq.”