CNN breaking news report as US begins air strikes in Syria.
A military mission has begun from the USS H.W. Bush Nimitz-class supercarrier of the United States Navy and other US naval ships. The F-22 Raptor is reported be involved in the mission, which would be the first time the aircraft has been used in combat.
The USS Arleigh Burke is reported to be launching Tomahawk missiles at Syria from a position in the Red Sea.
US military & partner nation forces have begun striking ISIL targets in Syria using mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles.
— Rear Adm. John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) September 23, 2014
Explosions had begun about 8:15 p.m. CDT. About 20 ISIL targets are believed to be involved in the military operation. The targets are reported to be ISIS safe havens, training camps, command and control centers, warehouses, parking areas of weaponized vehicles, and supply routes.
Five Arab nations are working along side with the United States — Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar.
The British and French are not part of the air strike operations.
President Barack Obama was not expected to speak Monday night about the military operations.
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