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US-Led Coalition Conducts 17 Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

© REUTERS / Senior Airman Matthew BruchUS Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles are designed to conduct airstrikes in Syria and Iraq
US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles are designed to conduct airstrikes in Syria and Iraq - Sputnik International
US-led coalition forces launched a total of 17 airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq amid the militant group’s growing takeover of swaths of territory in the two countries, the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — “In Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight airstrikes using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists,” the CENTCOM statement read.

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In Syria, coalition forces struck eight ISIL tactical units, seven of militant fighting positions and destroyed elevators and vehicles. Meanwhile in Iraq, five ISIL tactical units were hit, as well as ISIL machine guns, heavy machine guns, vehicles, and buildings were destroyed.

“The cumulative effect of this pressure is advancing the incapacitation of Daesh [Islamic State] systematically,” Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve chief of staff Thomas Weidley said in the statement.

The US-led coalition has carried out more than 4,000 airstrikes against the Islamic State since August 2014.

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