U.S. Navy release video of the USS George H.W. Bush turnover of aircraft carrier strike group operations duty to USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The U.S Navy released a video on Saturday (October 18) of a turnover of aircraft carrier strike group operations from the USS George H.W. Bush to USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf. Aircrafts and helicopters have been taking off from the naval carrier in the Persian Gulf to conduct strikes against Islamic State (IS). U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck suspected Islamic State targets overnight in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday after the fiercest shelling in days by the insurgents shook the town's centre and hit border areas within Turkey. Islamic State militants have battled Kurdish fighters for a month to take control of Kobani and consolidate a 60 mile (95 km) stretch of land they control along the Turkish border, but stepped-up air strikes in recent days have helped Kurds fend off the advance. The coalition has been bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq since August and extended the campaign to Syria in September after the Islamic State, a group that espouses a rigid interpretation of Islam and initially focused on fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, made huge territorial gains. NATO member Turkey is a somewhat reluctant member of the coalition, insisting it must also confront Assad to end a civil war that has killed some 200,000 civilians since March 2011.