U.S. renews anti-ISIS strikes in Syria and Iraq

The United States and allies conducted 15 air strikes against Islamic State’s (IS/ISIL) militants in Iraq and Syria during the past 24 hours, a U.S. military statement said on Saturday.

It said ISIL targets near various Iraqi cities, including Mosul and Baiji, were hit in nine air attacks during the 24 hours to Saturday morning.

In Syria, five air strikes were carried out near the northern border town of Kobane and one near Hasakah, the statement said.

Strikes have been ongoing in Iraq since 8 August and Syria since 23 September. More than 2,000 have been carried out, hindering but not defeating ISIL fighters who last year took control of large areas of both countries.

Shia paramilitaries started leaving Tikrit on Saturday following a government deal after locals complained that some fighters had spent several days looting the Sunni city after helping retake it from ISIL.

A United Nations report said that under ISIL, Syria and Iraq had become “finishing schools” for foreign extremists.


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