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Twitter User Live-Tweeted The Start Of U.S. Airstrikes In Syria

Abdulkader Hariri, claiming to be in Raqqa, Syria, appears to have shared the news of the airstrikes by the U.S. and partner forces on ISIS targets in Syria nearly 30 minutes before being confirmed by the Pentagon.

Posted on September 23, 2014, at 2:50 a.m. ET

On Monday night, the United States and partner nation forces launched airstrikes in Syria. The first person to report those strikes appears to be this Twitter user:

Breaking: Huge explosions shook the city in what might be the beginning of US airstrikes on ISIS HQs in Raqqa

Abdulkader Hariri@3bdUlkaed6r

Breaking: Huge explosions shook the city in what might be the beginning of US airstrikes on ISIS HQs in Raqqa

9:03 PM - 22 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

After several of minutes, he tweeted again, saying, "sounds of warplanes can be heard clearly."

The airstrikes 5/6 concentrated near the 'governorate building' ISIS's main HQ. Meanwhile, sounds of warplanes can be heard clearly

Abdulkader Hariri@3bdUlkaed6r

The airstrikes 5/6 concentrated near the 'governorate building' ISIS's main HQ. Meanwhile, sounds of warplanes can be heard clearly

9:12 PM - 22 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Reports of similar airstrikes on Tabga town and brigade 93 in Ein Essa.

Abdulkader Hariri@3bdUlkaed6r

Reports of similar airstrikes on Tabga town and brigade 93 in Ein Essa.

9:25 PM - 22 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A spokesman for the Pentagon officially confirmed the airstrikes on ISIS roughly 30 minutes later:

US military & partner nation forces have begun striking ISIL targets in Syria using mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles.

Rear Adm. John Kirby@PentagonPresSec

US military & partner nation forces have begun striking ISIL targets in Syria using mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles.

9:30 PM - 22 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hariri shared two more tweets, one saying, "The sky is full drones over Raqqa now," before going dark:

Also Tal Abyad, on the Turkish border, was bombed according to activists there

Abdulkader Hariri@3bdUlkaed6r

Also Tal Abyad, on the Turkish border, was bombed according to activists there

9:48 PM - 22 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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