U.S. to extend anti-ISIS strikes in Syria

IS militants during a military parade in Syria's Tel Abyad. File photo

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria – On Friday, the U.S.-led international coalition targeted bases of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, in the city of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) and in the countryside of Raqqa province in northeast Syria, including militant-held crude oil refineries, local media sources told ARA News

The international coalition’s fighter jets also attacked the Water Center’s building in the city of Jarablus in the countryside of Aleppo near the Turkish border, which was used as a base by the IS militants, causing the destruction of the entire building.

The coalition also launched raids on the Al-Ittihad University’s building in the IS-held city of Manbij in the countryside of Aleppo.

The U.S.-led air strikes targeted the Tishreen Dam area (east of the city of Manbij) with four air raids. The dam was taken by IS extremists as a military base, and it reportedly contains a detention center where dozens of Syrian opposition activists were held by the IS group.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, stated that he is holding talks in Washington with his French counterpart, John F. Lodrian, about the possibility of France’s participation in the anti-IS air strikes in Syria.

For his part, the French Minister did not confirm or deny the option of launching strikes against IS-held sites in Syria, but he had said a few days ago that the issue of France’s participation in the fight against the IS group is currently on the table after it was completely excluded.

Noteworthy, France carried out only two air strikes against IS strongholds in Iraq since the start of U.S.-led coalition’s operations, but it handed over 140 tons of military aid to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq, according to an earlier statement by the French Ministry of Defence.


Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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