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    US-Led Coalition Against ISIL Conducts 17 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

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    The US-led coalition against the Islamic State conducted 17 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq further degrading the terrorist group, the US Central Command said in a press release on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The press release stated:

    "In Syria, coalition military forces conducted two strikes using attack and fighter aircraft."

    The two airstrikes near the Syrian cities of Raqqah and Tal Jibbin hit an Islamic State headquarters building and a mortar system, according to the release.

    "Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq using bomber, fighter, attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL [Islamic State] targets."

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    The airstrikes were carried near six Iraqi cities to the north and west of Baghdad, including Ramadi and Mosul, and destroyed Islamic State-held structures, tactical units and fighting positions.

    Meanwhile, Russia has also continued its airstrikes campaign against the Islamic State in Syria.

    In the past 24 hours, Russian air force carried out 55 sorties from an airbase in Syria and struck 50 Islamic State and Nusra Front targets, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

    The airstrikes have destroyed 19 Islamic State command points, as well as warehouses and an ammunition production factory, among other targets.

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