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    The US-led coalition air forces destroyed three Daesh-held buildings, two mortar systems, two vehicles, a VBIED, an artillery system and a weapons cache during airstrikes against the Daesh terrorist-group near the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to official statement.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US-led coalition against the Daesh carried out three airstrikes against the group’s positions near the Iraqi city of Mosul in support of the operation to capture the city, Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve said in a press release.

    "Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIL [Islamic State or Daesh] tactical units; destroyed three ISIL-held buildings, two mortar systems, two vehicles, a VBIED, an artillery system and a weapons cache; damaged a supply route; and suppressed a mortar system," the release stated on Friday.

    The coalition conducted three additional strikes in Iraq, destroying vehicle borne improvised explosive device factories near Rawah and Tal Afar and a vehicle near the city of Al Asad.

    In Syria, the coalition carried out 12 airstrikes, including three strikes near Raqqa and one near Ayn Isa, as well as three near Manbij that destroyed an Daesh weapons storage facility and a fighting position.

    On Thursday, Central Command announced that a US service member had died from injuries sustained in an improvised explosive device blast near Ayn Isa, located about 34 miles north of Raqqa.

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

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


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