blooThe US and Arab strikes on militant targets in Syria overnight were “only the beginning” of a “credible and sustainable, persistent” coalition effort to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS militants and other extremist groups, the American military has said. The airstrikes – which employed US Tomahawk missiles, B1 bombers, F16, F18 and F22 strike fighters and drones – was backed by support from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan and the UAE – a coalition of nations that has agreed to assist with the destruction of ISIS. There was also a separate US attack on a different band of Islamist militants in Syria – the mysterious Al Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan Group, who are said to have been planning an “imminent attack” on a Western target. “I can tell you that last night’s strikes were only the beginning,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. He said the strikes had been “very successful” and would continue, without going into further detail on future operational plans. More