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DAMASCUS – The US-led international coalition has stepped up its air raids on positions of the Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group in Syria and Iraq, launching more than 30 airstrikes in the past 24 hours, the coalition’s Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said in an official statement on Saturday.
In Syria, 12 coalition strikes hit ISIS strongholds in Raqqa, Manbij and Marea, according to the coalition’s command.
“Near Raqqa, two strikes struck two ISIL logistical routes and an ISIL administration facility. Near Manbij, eight strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle. Near Marea, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions,” the CJTF-OIR reported on Saturday, using another acronym for ISIS.
In the meantime, the US-led coalition hit ISIS positions in Iraq with at least 20 airstrikes.
The raids in Iraq targeted ISIS headquarters and tactical units in Mosul, Bayji, Huwayjah, Fallujah, Qayyarah, Ramadi and Sinjar.
“The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations,” officials said.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi