U.S.-led coalition bombs major staging areas of militants in Syria and Iraq

Airstrikes hit ISIS-held areas near Mosul, northwestern Iraq. File photo

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Damascus, Syria – U.S.-led international coalition renewed its airstrikes against locations of the Islamic State radical group (IS/ISIL) in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Saturday.

The coalition conducted 12 airstrikes against the extremist group in Iraq, and three other strikes hit the group in Syria on Saturday. 

“The coalition continues to strike Daesh (Islamic State) terrorists in complex and congested urban terrain in Iraq and Syria,” Brigadier General Thomas Weidley, chief of staff for the Combined Joint Task Force, said in a statement.

In Syria, the U.S.-led operations focused on the countryside of Kobane near the Turkish border. Tactical Units and fighting positions of the IS extremists were main targets for the coalition’s warplanes.  

Iraq’s strikes were carried out against the group in several locations across the country, including Baghdad, Huwayjah, Baiji, Makhmur, Mosul, Sinjar and Tal Afar.

Tactical units were bombed during Saturday’s operations, where several IS manned-vehicles and fuel tankers were destroyed, the U.S. military reported.


Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

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