WASHINGTON, October 10 (RIA Novosti) - US military forces conducted new attacks on Islamic State (IS) terrorists Thursday and Friday using attack, bomber, fighter, and remotely-piloted aircraft in ten airstrikes, said US Central Command (CENTCOM) in a press release on Friday.
“In Syria, two airstrikes southeast of Kobani destroyed two ISIL training facilities, while four strikes south of Kobani destroyed two ISIL vehicles, struck two small ISIL units, and damaged an ISIL tank,” according to CENTCOM.
CENTCOM confirms that seven other airstrikes near Syrian town of Kobani also destroyed IS facilities. The United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia aircraft also participated in the airstrikes in Syria.
In Iraq, a small IS unit and a building were struck by one airstrike northwest of Baghdad. All aircraft involved in the operations withdrew from the strike areas safely.
CENTCOM said the strikes in Syria and Iraq were conducted as part of US President Barack Obama’s strategy to degrade and destroy IS, and they further limit the operational and organizational abilities of the terrorists.
The IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a radical Sunni group, which has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, it extended its attacks to northern and western Iraq.
For the last three weeks, IS militants have besieged Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, one of the largest towns in the Kurdish region of Syria bordering Turkey. The IS attacks forced more than 180,000 civilians, mostly Kurds, to flee into neighboring Turkey.