International coalition intensifies anti-IS strikes in Syria and Iraq


Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – The Central Command of the American forces announced that the U.S. military aircraft and allied forces of the international coalition launched several new air raids against strongholds of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday’s early hours.

The U.S. fighter jets and drones launched three raids on IS-held targets in Syria and Iraq, claiming the lives of dozens of militants, activists reported.

The U.S. attacked the IS-held Military Airport of Tabqa (west of the city of Raqqa) northeastern Syria, causing the destruction of military vehicles of the extremist group.

Two other U.S.-led strikes hit IS locations in the vicinity of the Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria, local sources told ARA News.

The southeastern neighbourhoods of Deir ez-Zour city were also targeted by the international coalition’s fighter jets, leading to the destruction of an IS tank and the death of several militants, eyewitnesses told ARA News on the phone.

In Iraq, two attacks by the American aircraft hit northeastern areas of Fallujah and western Ramadi, claiming lives of dozens of IS insurgents.

The U.S.-led international coalition, with participation of several Arab and Western countries, started in August air raids on IS-held sites in Iraq, and then in Syria in early September, 2014.

The air strikes are part of a strategic plan, President Barack Obama has announced, which aims to eliminate the Islamic State by hitting its control centers and targeting prominent leaders as well as removing the sources of funding.

The U.S. plan also includes stopping the influx of foreign fighters who want to join the IS group, and confronting the extremism in the Middle East and the Islamic world.


Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser

Source: ARA News

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