US Strikes IS Fighters in Syria From Turkey

- VOA News,August 6, 2015

The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Turkey have carried out their first strike against Islamic State fighters in Syria.

U.S. military officials said the first cross-border strike from Turkey was carried out by an unmanned drone aircraft Wednesday — the same day that American drones and other warplanes began arriving at an air base in southern Turkey.

Turkey and the United States are planning joint military action to clear IS militants from an area of Syria near the Turkish border.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the joint action, saying he anticipates "an extensive battle" against Islamic State extremists would reduce the threat IS poses to moderate opposition forces fighting in Syria's civil war.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Cavusoglu discussed the situation around Syria during a meeting Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, where both were attending an Asia regional summit.

Kerry also met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, who was quoted as saying Islamic State is the "common threat" for everyone in the region. However, Lavrov said there has been no joint approach on fighting the Islamic militants because of what he called a "standoff" among the various forces in Syria, including rebel factions.

Lavrov and Kerry agreed that U.S. and Russian officials would continue to meet about dealing with IS.

Moscow is a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and has been trying to forge a regional alliance against the militants. Washington has backed moderate Syrian rebels fighting the Assad government.

美国从土耳其向叙境内伊斯兰国发动袭击

- 美国之音,2015年8月6日

五角大楼说,在土耳其的美军部队向叙利亚境内的伊斯兰国武装分子发动了首次袭击。

美国军事官员说,一驾无人驾驶飞机星期三从土耳其越境发动袭击。当天还有美国无人机和其他战机开始陆续到达土耳其南部的一个空军基地。

土耳其和美国计划进行联合军事行动,扫清叙利亚境内靠近土耳其边界一带的伊斯兰国激进分子。

土耳其外长卡乌索戈鲁宣布了联合行动,表示他期待打击伊斯兰国极端分子的“大面积战斗”将减少伊斯兰国对叙利亚内战中温和反对派武装的威胁。

美国国务卿克里和卡乌索戈鲁星期三在吉隆坡会面时讨论了叙利亚局势。他们两人在那里参加亚洲区域峰会。

克里还会见了俄罗斯外长拉夫罗夫。据报拉夫罗夫表示,伊斯兰国是中东地区所有人面对的“共同威胁”,不过他说,由于包括反叛派系的叙利亚各派势力进入他所说的“僵局”,在打击伊斯兰国激进分子的问题上一直没有联合的方式。

拉夫罗夫和克里一致同意美国和俄罗斯官员应就如何对付伊斯兰国的问题继续会面。

莫斯科支持叙利亚总统阿萨德,而且一直试图组织一个打击激进分子的区域联盟。华盛顿则支持对抗阿萨德政府的叙利亚温和反叛武装。