The U.S.-led coalition had conducted 26 airstrikes against the ISIS in Syria and 12 airstrikes in Iraq. The Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported that attacks conducted with bomber and fighter aircraft took place approximately between 8 a.m. on Saturday and 8a.m. on Sunday.
26 Airstrikes in Syria
The coalition conducted five airstrikes near Al Hasakah, targeting five ISIS tactical units, destroying three ISIS vehicles and four ISIS fighting positions, the Pentagon announced on Sunday. The coalition also conducted 18 airstrikes near Ar Raqqah and another three airstrikes near Kobani. The airstrikes in Ar Raqqah and Kobani destroyed six ISIS vehicles and 16 ISIS bridges.
12 airstrikes in Iraq
In Iraq, the coalition launched three airstrikes in Mosul, two airstrikes in Fallujah and Makhmur and one airstrike each in Bayji, Habbaniyah, Haditha, Sinjar and Tal Afar. The airstrikes destroyed ISIS’ key mortar firing positions, ammo bunker, tactical units and an ISIS building.
The U.S.-led coalitions against the ISIS in Iraq is made up of military forces from Australia, Belgium, Canda, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In Syria, the coalition nations include Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (Read: Pentagon Admits War With Russia A Growing Probability)
The airstrikes were significant
Lt Col Thomas Gilleran, the spokesperson for the Operation Inherent Resolve, said the airstrikes were one of the largest deliberate engagements conducted in Syria. Using the Arabic acronym for the ISIS – DAESH – Gilleran said the airstrikes achieved significant advances on the coalition’s part.
“The significant airstrikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq. It will have debilitating effects on [ISIS’s] ability to move from Raqqa,” Gilliran told press.
ISIS confirmed airstrikes
The ISIS confirmed the airstrikes through an affiliated website, Fox News reported. The confirmation from the terrorist group centered on 10 victims who were killed and dozens wounded. The website published photos of dead victims, including two young civilian boys.
The same was reported by a Raqqa-based anti-ISIS network, saying that a 10-year-old boy was among the victims. The network called Raqqa, Being Silently Slaughtered said one airstrike had targeted a group of ISIS members; another airstrike destroyed an ISIS checkpoint while a third airstrike damaged an ISIS-held brick factory in Raqqa.
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