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    US-Led Coalition Launches 16 Strikes Against Daesh Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

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    According to reports, US and coalition military forces launched 16 attacks against the Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq on Sunday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) US and coalition military forces launched 16 attacks against the Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq on Sunday, US Central Command’s Operation Inherent Resolve reported in a press release on Monday.

    "In Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against Daesh targets," the release explained, using a common acronym for the Daesh. “Additionally in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq.”

    In Syria, four airstrikes near Shadaddi engaged three tactical unites, destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles and a command and control node, the release said. Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed an oil drilling rig and an oil wellhead. Another attack hit a supply route near Abu Kamal.

    In Iraq, nine strikes — including attacks from the air and rocket artillery from the ground — targeted sights near Beiji, Kisik, Mosul, Rawah, Sultan Abdallah and Tal Afar, the release noted.

    Coalition forces supported the Iraqi and Kurdish offensive to retake Mosul with three strikes. Targets there included an Daesh tactical unit, three fighting positions, three buildings, two tunnel entrances, two mortar systems, a vehicle and an artillery system, according to the release.

    Six other targets in Iraq included an oil drilling rig, an oil wellhead, tactical units, a vehicle-borne bomb factory, an oil tanker and an excavator, the release said.

    The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq since 2014. However, the strikes in Syria are not authorized by the government of President Bashar Assad or by the United Nations Security Council.

    The Daesh, also known as Daesh in Arabic, is outlawed in the Russia and other countries.

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