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    US-Led Coalition Against ISIL Launches 18 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

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    Some 18 air attacks against the ISIL positions in Syria and Iraq were conducted by the US-led coalition, according to US Central Command.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US-led coalition against the Islamic State has conducted 18 airstrikes on the terrorist group targets in Syria and Iraq, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a release on Tuesday.

    "In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes using fighter aircraft," the release read. "Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 airstrikes coordinated with the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft."

    The airstrikes in Syria decimated an Islamic State tactical unit, an armored personnel carrier and a crude oil collection point near Al Hasakah and Dayr Az Zawr.

    In Iraq, airstrikes eliminated ten Islamic State tactical units, two tunnels, 20 fighting positions, three firing positions, and three rocket rails. The aerial attacks were conducted near Al Baghdadi, Al Huwayjah, Bayji, Habbaniyah, Kirkuk, Mosul, Ramadi and Sinjar.

    The 62-nation US-led coalition has carried more than 6,500 airstrikes on Islamic State targets since August 2014. US officials have estimated that the military campaign against the Islamic State has eliminated more than 10,000 of the terrorist group’s fighters.

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