Middle East US airstrikes in Syria: High risks, elusive rewards

The US-led airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria could invite retaliation and even play into IS hands, warn analysts. Moreover, the opening salvo did not mask the need for boots on the ground.

By , Correspondent

Courtesy of US Department of Defense/Reuters

With the help of its Arab allies, the United States unleashed a salvo of airstrikes early Tuesday against Islamic State targets in Syria, dramatically opening an unpredictable new chapter in the war against the IS and other hardline Sunni militants.