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    Anti-IS Coalition Conducts 14 Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria in 2 Days

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    US Central Command reported Monday on 14 airstrikes carried out by US and partner nation military forces against Islamic State (IS) positions in Syria and Iraq in the last two days.

    MOSCOW, November 3 (RIA Novosti) — The international coalition against Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization has carried out 14 airstrikes on IS positions in Syria and Iraq in the last two days, the US Central Command said Monday.

    "US and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Sunday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct five airstrikes. Separately… forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq Sunday and today using fighter, bomber and remotely-piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists," Central Command stated.

    Several IS units, vehicles and bulldozers were destroyed in course of the strikes. All of the anti-IS aircraft safely departed from the strike areas.

    The Islamic State is a Sunni extremist group that has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, it launched an offensive in Iraq, seizing vast areas in both countries and announcing the establishment of an Islamic caliphate on the territories under its control.

    In September, Washington announced the formation of an international coalition to fight extremists and extended its airstrikes against the militants into Syria, while continuing strikes against the group’s targets in Iraq.

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