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U.S., allies launch 23 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria against Islamic State
January 8, 2016 / 12:38 PM / 2 years ago

U.S., allies launch 23 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition launched 23 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and three in Syria on Thursday, the task force leading the operation said in a statement.

Smoke rises during an air strike in Ramadi city, December 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

The coalition said 22 strikes in Iraq were coordinated with that nation’s government against Islamic State targets, and one strike was against inoperable coalition equipment.

The strikes included seven in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul and six in Ramadi, where Iraqi troops drove out most of the militants last week after a hard-fought offensive, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Friday.

In Mosul, the strikes destroyed four Islamic State tactical units, six fighting positions, four assembly areas, a bunker and a tunnel. In Ramadi, they destroyed 16 fighting positions, 13 heavy machine guns and a dozen improvised explosive devices and denied militants access to terrain, the coalition said.

Other strikes in Iraq hit near Al Qaim, Sinjar, Haditha, Irbil, Kisik, Qayyarah and Sultan Abdallah, it said.

The coalition said air strikes in Syria included two near Ayn Isa, where they destroyed three fighting positions and suppressed a third, and near Manbij, where a strike destroyed three staging areas.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

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