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    The United States-led Coalition conducted eight airstrikes against ISIL positions in Syria and Iraq. The strikes destroyed three ISIL tactical units, one checkpoint, 31 vehicles, three fighting positions, two anti-aircraft artillery weapons and multiple buildings.

    WASHINGTON, March 31 (Sputnik) — The United States-led Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) conducted eight airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, resulting in destruction of tactical units, multiple IS-held buildings and more than 30 vehicles, the US Central Command said in a statement.

    “[C]oalition military forces continued to attack ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] terrorists in Syria, using bomber aircraft to conduct an airstrike,” the statement, issued on Tuesday, said.

    “Separately in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted seven airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense,” the statement added.

    Combined Joint Task Force Public Affairs Officer Wayne Marotto said in the statement that the coalition strategy has not changed and is still focusing on driving the IS forces out of Iraq.

    “We have struck at ISIL’s command and control, supply lines, fighters and leaders, and military and economic infrastructure and resources,” Marotto specified.

    Marotto added that the Coalition debilitated the IS oil producing, processing and transportation infrastructure.

    Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in Raqqa
    © AP Photo / Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State
    An airstrike destroyed an IS tactical unit and a fighting position near Kobani in northern Syria, according to the Central Command.

    In Iraq, the coalition conducted six airstrikes that ended on March 31 near four cities, including Tikrit and Mosul. The strikes destroyed three IS tactical units, one checkpoint, 31 vehicles, three fighting positions, two anti-aircraft artillery weapons, multiple buildings and suppressed IS movement.

    Additionally, the Coalition forces conducted an airstrike near central Iraqi city of Ramadi, and destroyed a tactical unit and two IS-held buildings.

    The airstrikes were a part of the Coalition’s Operation Inherent Resolve, whose goal is to eliminate the Islamic State, according to the press release.


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