WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US-led Coalition against the Islamic State (ISIL) launched 36 airstrikes against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve announced in a statement via Facebook on Monday.
“In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 10 airstrike using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 26 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] terrorists,” the Joint Task Force said.
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In Iraq, the US-led Coalition launched 26 airstrikes destroying ISIL staging areas, tactical units, armored vehicles and weapons.
In Syria, the Coalition struck ISIL anti-aircraft artillery weapons, fighting positions, tactical units and vehicles.
“Layered Coalition support, including aviation fires, reconnaissance, intelligence and advise and assist elements, remains the key enabler to Iraqi and Kurdish operations to dismantle and defeat Daesh,” he added.
The Coalition began carrying out airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq in August 2014, and expanded the air campaign to Syria in September 2014, although without the approval of the Syrian government.
The airstrikes were a part of the Coalition’s Operation Inherent Resolve, whose goal is to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group, according to statement.