US-Led Coalition Against ISIL Destroys Explosives Facility

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The US-led coalition against the Islamic State conducted an airstrike on Wednesday and destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) facility, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a release on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The air attacks are a part of the coalition’s Operation Inherent Resolve that aims to eliminate the Islamic State.

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The coalition consists of 62 nations and has conducted more than 5,700 airstrikes against the Islamic State since August 2014.

"A coalition airstrike, conducted in coordination with the government of Iraq, destroyed a Daesh [Islamic State] vehicle-borne IED facility near Ar Rutbah, Iraq August 19, 2015," the release read.

The facility posed a direct threat to the Iraqi army and people, according to Joint Task Force.

"Every VBIED taken off the battlefield is one less insidious weapon that can be used by Daesh [Islamic State] against the ISF [Iraqi Security Forces] and innocent Iraqis," Brigadier General Kevin Killea said.

The location of the facility, Killea explained, was strategic for the Islamic State in funneling VBIEDs into Iraq’s Anbar Province.

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