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    US-Led Coalition Against Daesh Carries Out 19 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

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    US Central Command said that US-led coalition against the Daesh conducted 19 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq targeting the terrorist group’s infrastructure.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The US-led coalition against the Daesh conducted 19 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq targeting the terrorist group’s infrastructure, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a press release on Thursday.

    "In Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against Daesh targets," CENTCOM stated. "Additionally in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using fighter, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft against Daesh targets."

    The airstrikes near two Syrian cities Hawl and Hasaka were carried out on Wednesday, and destroyed IS tactical units, buildings and vehicles, according to the press release.

    The coalition conducted 12 airstrikes near eight Iraqi cities to the north and west of Baghdad, including Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul. Wednesday’s strikes destroyed multiple Daesh tactical units and fighting positions, as well as Daesh rocket rails and an assembly area.

    "Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an inoperable piece of partner nation equipment, at the request of the Iraqi government, in order to prevent its capture by Daesh [Islamic State] forces," the release added.

    The Daesh, also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, is a terrorist group outlawed in many countries around the world, including the United States and Russia. The group has seized large areas in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate on territories under its control.

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