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    The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations carried out six strikes against the Daesh militant group in Syria and conducted 11 airstrikes in Iraq, according to the Central Command (CENTCOM).

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US-led coalition carried out 17 airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) terrorists in Syria and Iraq, the Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a press release on Wednesday.

    “In Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft,” the release said. “Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.”

    Tuesday’s airstrikes near the Syrian town of Ayn Isa struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed, two ISIL fighting positions, while near the city of Manbij the two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL checkpoint and bunker. Additionally, near the town of Mara, three airstrikes destroyed ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device, a fighting position, and a staging area.

    In Iraq, the coalition’s airstrikes destroyed two ISIL-used bridges, a mortar position, as well as multiple vehicles, fighting positions, and machine guns, according to the Central Command.

    The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq since August 2014, and in Syria since September 2014 — albeit without the approval of the Syrian government or the UN Security Council.

    Moscow also continues its aerial campaign in Syria against the ISIL, which is outlawed in the country. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov announced on Wednesday that its aircraft have destroyed more than 300 militants and scores of armored vehicles over the last 24 hours. Besides, Russia’s Su-34 jets destroyed 94 oil tankers in the city of Deir ez-Zur and a convoy of 15 northbound fuel trucks in Hasakah.


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