U.S.-led coalition steps up strikes on ISIS in Syria, Iraq


File photo showing anti-ISIS airstrikes in Syria's northern city of Kobane

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – United States and allies intensified their airstrikes on positions of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) across Syria and Iraq, hitting the group’s fighting positions, tactical units and oil plants. 

The coalition’s Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement that its fighter jets on Sunday launched 26 airstrikes against ISIS in the region.  

In Syria, the U.S.-led coalition conducted 11 strikes, hitting the group’s power centers and oil fields in Abu Kamal, Raqqa, Manbij, Deir ez-Zor, Ain Issa, Maara and Washiyah. 

At least seven ISIS tactical units were bombed in Sunday’s strikes in Syria. The raids also hit 16 gas and oil separation plants held by the extremist group.

In Iraq, the coalition launched 15 airstrikes, hitting ISIS tactical units and weapons storage centers in Albu Hayat, Haditha, Habbaniyah, Kisik, Mosul Ramadi and Tal Afar. 

The airstrikes in Iraq destroyed several ISIS headquarters, fighting positions, heavy machine guns, armored vehicles and assembly areas.

This comes after ISIS militant fighters started fighting back against western-backed ground forces in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo and in Iraq’s Ramadi and Mosul. 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

Source: ARA News 

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