The message confirms that the operation is aimed against the terrorist grouping ISIL on the territory of Syria.
“The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) commenced air operations May 3, 2018, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR),” the message says, stating that “strike fighter squadrons conducted sorties over Syria”.
At the beginning of April 2018, it was reported that the U.S. aircraft carrier group, led by “Harry Truman”, was to be deployed in East Mediterranean.
The series of official statements informed that the group will be deployed in Europe and the Middle East. A guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and four destroyers are included in the membership.
It should be noted that earlier mass media reported that Pentagon considered a possibility to use a Carrier Strike Group in East Mediterranean to counterwork “escalating challenges from Russia and China” in this region.
Earlier, a chemical attack happened in Douma in East Ghouta on April 7, when 70 people died as a result. The West blames Bashar al-Assad and Russia for the attack. The U.S. President Donald Trump on April 13 ordered missile attacks at the territory of Syria as a reaction to chemical weapon use in Douma. Britain and France joint them.