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Airstrikes Target Islamic State Leaders, Trucks: Reports

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The US-led airstrikes have targeted a group of Islamic State (IS) leaders when the latter were having a meeting in a house in al-Qaim, smashing a convoy of 10 trucks, Sky News reported Saturday.

MOSCOW, November 9 (RIA Novosti) — The US-led airstrikes have targeted a group of Islamic State (IS) leaders, smashing a convoy of 10 trucks, Sky News reported Saturday.

According to the broadcaster, the airstrikes targeted the IS leaders when the latter were having a meeting in a house in al-Qaim, which is on the Iraqi-Syrian border.

The broadcaster did not, however, specify whether the number one IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was among the targeted leaders or not.

The IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, the group extended its attacks to northern and western Iraq, declaring a caliphate on the territories over which it had control.

In an attempt to impede the military advancement of the group, the United States launched airstrikes against the jihadists' positions in Iraq and Syria in mid-September, with some other countries such as France, the United Kingdom and Australia joining later to form an airstrike coalition to crack down on the militants.

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