U.S, International Coalition Airstrikes Hit Islamic State Targets In Syria and Iraq

airstrikeThe U.S. and its international coalition partners have successfully launched a series of attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq over the past two days.

U.S. Central Command reported today that a total of nine airstrikes were conducted in northern Syria through the use of bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft.

Four airstrikes were carried out south of Kobani, a key Syrian border city in the Kurdish region that was recently besieged by Islamic State militants, resulting in 180,000 Syrian Kurds crossing over the border into neighboring Turkey.

The airstrikes destroyed an ISIL armored personnel carrier, destroyed three ISIL armed vehicles, damaged a fourth, and destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.

Two airstrikes hit their targets southwest of Kobani, destroying an ISIL armed vehicle and artillery piece.

Two separate airstrikes were launched northwest of Ar Raqqah and successfully struck an active ISIL training camp that housed ISIL fighters.

The last airstrike occurred northwest of Dayr az Zawr and destroyed an ISIL tank.

The United Arab Emirates participated in these airstrikes.

According to Reuters, U.S. led airstrikes have caused Islamic State militants to retreat to the edges of Kobani.

Iraq

U.S. Command Center reports that an airstrike east of Fallujah destroyed an ISIL checkpoint and an ISIL armed vehicle.

In western Ramadi an airstrike destroyed three ISIL-held buildings and damaged two others. Airstrikes also destroyed two ISIL anti-aircraft artillery pieces and an ISIL unit.

In an area northwest of Ramadi, airstrikes destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.

Airstrikes were also carried out northeast of Sinjar Mountain, destroying an ISIL armed vehicle.

The U.K. and Netherlands participated in these Iraqi airstrikes.

-Johnathan Schweitzer

* Correction- the post from yesterday incorrectly stated that Tuesday was the day when Fed minutes would be released. It was revised to read today at 2:00 EST.

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