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    United States Central Command (CENTCOM) announced that US-led Coalition against the Islamic State (ISIL) conducted 23 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The US-led Coalition against the Islamic State (ISIL) conducted 23 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) announced in a statement on Tuesday.

    “In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes using bomber and fighter aircraft,” the CENTCOM statement read. “Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack and fighter aircraft against ISIL [Islamic State] terrorists.”

    In Syria, airstrikes struck seven IS tactical units, three fighting positions, an excavator, a vehicle and three resupply boats.

    In Iraq, airstrikes hit eight IS tactical units, three fighting positions, a rocket system and a rocket propelled grenade, heavy machine guns and mortar firing positions.

    “The Coalition employs a detailed process involving technical and tactical means to verify the results of each airstrike executed,” CJTF-OIR [Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve] Chief of Public Affairs Col. Wayne Marotto said in the statement.

    “This allows the Coalition, with relative certainty, to provide post-strike analysis of the impact and effect each strike is having on Daesh [Islamic State] terrorists and their capabilities,” Marotto added.

    The Coalition began carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State 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 Islamic State terrorist group, according to statement.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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