Air war in Syria could last years

September 23, 2014 11:33 PM

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Air war in Syria could last years

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led airstrikes mounted Monday and early Tuesday in Syria are the opening salvo of what is likely to be a years'-long campaign to rout al-Qaeda-linked terrorists and Islamic State fighters from the war-torn country, according to military leaders.

Bombing runs in Syria will continue into the foreseeable future, Defense Department officials said. Even after initial strikes in Syria Monday and Tuesday, U.S. warplanes returning to their home base blasted two trucks, U.S. Central Command reported in a statement.

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