WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The release also added that 50 strikes consisting of 67 engagements in both Syria and Iraq which took place August 18-20 closed within the last 24 hours.
"Near Raqqah, 20 strikes engaged 13 ISIS [Daesh, outlawed in numerous countries] tactical units and destroyed 24 fighting positions, a vehicle, a logistics node and ISIS communications infrastructure," the release stated on Tuesday.
Two other strikes in Syria near the cities of Abu Kumal and Deir ez-Zor destroyed Daesh headquarters, weapons cache and oil still.
In Iraq, eight strikes were conducted near three cities, including Tal Afar, the release noted. Those strikes engaged two Daesh tactical units, suppressed one additional tactical unit, and destroyed an explosives factory, a headquarters, mortar systems, fighting positions and four supply caches among others.
The US-led coalition of more than 70 members is conducting airstrikes, ground-based and rocket-propelled artillery fire against Daesh in Syria and Iraq. The strikes in Iraq are conducted in support of the Iraqi government, but those in Syria are not authorized by the government of President Bashar Assad or the UN Security Council.