US-Led Coalition Strikes Destroy Daesh-Held Buildings Near Iraq’s Samarra

© REUTERS / Alaa Al-MarjaniSmoke rises from an airstrike during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants
Smoke rises from an airstrike during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants - Sputnik International
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US-led coalition air forces launched strikes against the Daesh targets near the northern Iraqi city of Samarra, according to official statement.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US-led coalition strikes targeted Islamic State [Daesh] terror group (outlawed in Russia) positions near the northern Iraqi city of Samarra on Monday, Operation Inherent Resolve said in a press release.

"Near Samarra, one strike engaged an ISIS [Islamic State] tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS-held buildings, three VBIEDs [vehicle borne improvised explosive devices] and a vehicle," the release stated on Tuesday.

The Daesh has tried to capture Samarra several times since 2014, including on May 22 when Iraqi troops repelled a two-pronged attack on the eastern part of the city.

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Coalition forces carried out seven additional strikes in Iraq, destroying tactical vehicles, VBIEDs, fighting and sniper positions and weapons near Bayji, Kisik and Mosul.

In Syria, the coalition conducted 29 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against the Daesh near Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa. Seven strikes near Deir ez-Zor destroyed tanks and oil infrastructure while 22 strikes near Raqqa destroyed 21 Daesh fighting positions and four vehicles.

The US-led coalition of 69 members is conducting airstrikes, ground-based and rocket-propelled artillery fire against the Daesh in Syria and Iraq. The strikes in Iraq are conducted in support of the Iraqi government, but those in Syria are not authorized by the UN Security Council or the government of President Bashar Assad.

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